Phonological Differences between Japanese and English: Several Potentially Problematic Areas of Pronunciation for Japanese ESL/EFL Learners

| December 31, 2004
Title
Phonological Differences between Japanese and English: Several Potentially Problematic Areas of Pronunciation for Japanese ESL/EFL Learners

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Authors
Kota Ohata
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Bio Data
Kota Ohata earned his B.A. degree from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in 1994, an M.A. in TESOL from West Virginia University in 1996. After a few years of EFL teaching back in Japan, he returned to the U.S. for the pursuit of doctoral degree in the area of applied linguistics. Recently Kota Ohata completed his dissertation and received a Ph.D. in Composition & TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Abstract
In light of the fact that L2 pronunciation errors are often caused by the transfer of well-established L1 sound systems, this paper examines some of the characteristic phonological differences between Japanese and English. Comparing segmental and suprasegmental aspects of both languages, this study also discusses several problematic areas of pronunciation for Japanese learners of English. Based on such contrastive analyses, some of the implications for L2 pronunciation teaching are drawn.

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