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Abstract

This paper is the culmination of a vowel analysis project that examined the pronunciation of a non-native speaker of English. Eleven vowels from Yuka, a native-Japanese speaker, were analyzed using the phonetic software, Praat, and were then compared to the pronunciation of general American English females (data from Peterson and Barney, 1952). Differences between the pronunciations are highlighted in this paper. These differences may become areas of difficulty and unintelligibility for Yuka. The pedagogical implications of these differences are discussed and suggestions are made for Yuka and her language teachers.

Faculty Supervisor

Dr. Ettien Koffi

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