Poster or Presentation Title

A linguistic look at the Japanese /l/ and /r/

Location

Hall Memorial Ballroom

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 12:00 PM

Department

Teaching English as a Second Language

Abstract

Our objective for our showcase submission is to show the linguistic separation between the Japanese /l/ and /r/ sounds verses the English /l/ and /r/ sounds as presented through IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). For the purpose of our showcase exhibition, we will be using the linguistic program Pratt. Praat is a community supported free software program that allows us to analyze sound patterns, aspiration and intonation between different spoken sounds. Using this program will give us a visual representation of the waveforms and Spectrograms of these sound distinctions. Spectrograms are the spectrum of frequencies of sound as they vary with time. With Pratts analysis of the acoustic features of the pre-recorded speech all forms of visual representation can be studied. Being able to see the distinct sound waves and formations of these sounds, we hope to show the similarities and dissimilarities between languages. We also hope to show that people’s mouths articulate differently to form similar sounds depending on what language they were raised learning. Our overall goal is to show an aspect of linguistics, that you cannot see with the average eye.

Keywords: Linguistics, Pratt, Japanese, IPA, Spectrograms, Frequencies and language



Boersma, Paul & Weenink, David (2018). Praat: doing phonetics by computer [Computer program]. Version 6.0.37, retrieved 3 February 2018 from http://www.praat.org/



Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lisa Pierce

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Apr 4th, 12:00 PM

A linguistic look at the Japanese /l/ and /r/

Hall Memorial Ballroom

Our objective for our showcase submission is to show the linguistic separation between the Japanese /l/ and /r/ sounds verses the English /l/ and /r/ sounds as presented through IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). For the purpose of our showcase exhibition, we will be using the linguistic program Pratt. Praat is a community supported free software program that allows us to analyze sound patterns, aspiration and intonation between different spoken sounds. Using this program will give us a visual representation of the waveforms and Spectrograms of these sound distinctions. Spectrograms are the spectrum of frequencies of sound as they vary with time. With Pratts analysis of the acoustic features of the pre-recorded speech all forms of visual representation can be studied. Being able to see the distinct sound waves and formations of these sounds, we hope to show the similarities and dissimilarities between languages. We also hope to show that people’s mouths articulate differently to form similar sounds depending on what language they were raised learning. Our overall goal is to show an aspect of linguistics, that you cannot see with the average eye.

Keywords: Linguistics, Pratt, Japanese, IPA, Spectrograms, Frequencies and language



Boersma, Paul & Weenink, David (2018). Praat: doing phonetics by computer [Computer program]. Version 6.0.37, retrieved 3 February 2018 from http://www.praat.org/