The authors gratefully acknowledge their indebtedness to Professor William J. Davey of the University College of Cape Breton for assistance in the transcription of the field tapes. They also express their gratitude to the Deputy Director of the Alliance F'ranpise in Hong Kong, Monsieur Dominique F'ichoff, for his help in finding informants and for providing them with room facilities for the recording session. Professor Pierre LRon, Director of the Experimental Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Toronto, kindly made acoustic phonetic equipment available for this research. Useful comments by two anonymous reviewers improved the paper significantly.
Cantonese Speakers and the Acquisition of French Consonants
Article first published online: 27 OCT 2006
© 1993 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 43–68, March 1993
How to Cite
Cichocki, W., House, A.B., Kinloch, A.M. and Lister, A.C. (1993), Cantonese Speakers and the Acquisition of French Consonants. Language Learning, 43: 43–68. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-1770.1993.tb00172.x
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 27 OCT 2006
- Final version accepted August 1992
This article reports the findings of research on the acquisition of French consonants by native speakers of Cantonese. An error analysis based on a careful phonetic transcription of production data resulted in a scale of difficulty of consonants in both initial and final positions. Several of the major patterns of difficulty are explained by the Markedness Differential Hypothesis. On the basis of errors found, and which are not perfectly predicted by this theory, it is shown that there is an interaction of language acquisition with markedness reversals.