In this paper we examine the perception of onset clusters containing /w/ in order to assess the ability of Korean learners of English to perceive syllable membership. Results of the experiment conducted here indicate that /kw/ sequences are more easily perceived than either /tw/ or /sw/ sequences. We maintain that, while measuring perception is a far more complex task than assessing production, it is a crucially important one for L2 acquisition and should not be neglected because of its inherent challenges. In addition to the theoretical importance of this research, there is also a significant pedagogical component: the ability to perceive syllables correctly bears on a number of issues related to the acquisition of English phonology, including the determination of stress placement, the formation of the comparative/ superlative, the (mis)perception of near‐minimal pairs and the hangulization of foreign words.
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7.2. Research Implications of L2 Perception
labialization, English, Korean, L2 acquisition, Cw clusters, speech perception, 순음화, 영어, 한국어, 제2언어 습득, Cw 자음군, 발화인지