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Title: The Pausing Pattern in the Speech of EFL College Students in Taiwan
Authors: 江憲坤;郭鳳蘭
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: 口語靜默停頓;英語
Date: 2004-11
Issue Date: 2013-07-15T04:11:16Z
Publisher: 國立彰化師範大學文學院
Abstract: In the field of pronunciation teaching, Anderson-Hsieh & Venkatagiri (1994) have initiated a study to quantify degrees of differentiation of pausing among native speakers and Chinese international teaching assistants of intermediate and high English oral proficiency levels. While such acoustic measurement provides a much needed empirical basis to the informal recognition that lower proficiency nonnative Chinese international teaching assistants tend less to produce appropriate pauses at major syntactic boundaries with appropriate pause duration than overproduce pauses, the present study aims to target a more general subject population: EFL learners in Taiwan. This study then produces and analyzes audiotape samples of Englilsh oral passage-reading by 96 Chinese EFL learners, first year university students in central Taiwan, allowing comparative analysis of silent pause duration ratio and pause frequency among native speakers and two groups of Chinese EFL subjects at two proficiency levels. Subjects were required to read three passages of 46, 53, and 59 words, respectively. The pause manipulation software PauseEdit, developed in house, was utilized to locate the pauses, to measure the duration of each pause, and to obtain the frequency of pause. The results show that the average pause frequency of subjects of higher proficiency level resembles that of the native speakers, however, their average pause duration does not resemble that of native speakers.
Relation: 彰化師大文學院學報, 3: 409-426
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