Adults versus Teenagers: Realisations of the English Voiceless Dental Fricative by Dutch Speakers

dc.contributor.advisorGussenhoven, C.
dc.contributor.advisorKamara- van Uden, H.A.W.J.
dc.contributor.authorLijssel, S.
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the realisations of the English voiceless dental fricative [θ] by Dutch teenage and adult speakers of English. Forty-two Dutch participants were asked to complete a production task containing thirty occurrences of /θ/ equally divided over syllable-initial, medial and syllable-final position. The results indicated that Dutch L2 speakers of English realise /θ/ most often as accurate [θ], inaccurate [t] and [f]. Position of /θ/ matters most for accurate realisation as [θ] in medial position, where [t] is more frequent than [θ]. The number of [d] realisations is highest in medial position, and [f] realisations is highest for syllable-final position. Data reveals that adults generally realise /θ/ as [t]. By contrast, teenagers generally have a higher number of both target [θ] and [f] realisations. This difference between the two groups is a significant trend for ScoreF. Teenagers also report more contact with the English language than the adult participants.en_US
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Letterenen_US
dc.thesis.specialisationEnglish Language and Linguisticsen_US
dc.thesis.studyprogrammeMaster Taalwetenschappen/Linguisticsen_US
dc.titleAdults versus Teenagers: Realisations of the English Voiceless Dental Fricative by Dutch Speakersen_US
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