Could someone please help me find resources to support my findings for my Pronunciation class? ?
Mandarin Chinese Speaker - English Pronunciation
My interviewee (Chinese student from Yunnan, China) frequently elicits /l/ from words such as, building /ˈbɪldɪŋ/ and says it as /ˈbɪWdɪŋ/. He does the same for words like older, couple, people, tell, and will.
The learner replaces /l/ with a /w/ or vowelizes the L.
I can’t find any resources to support my findings to describe the difficulty that my target learner group (Chinese learners) generally has with English pronunciation.
I did read that this happens a lot for younger children though.
Any help would be appreciated!
- Anonymous7 months ago
The /l/ sound (lateral approximant) doesn't exist in Chinese in the same positions as it appears in English, that's why it is so difficult for Chinese ESL students to master.
In Mandarin, /l/ is only articulated at the beginning of a syllable (in initial position), while in English it can be initial, middle or final in a syllable. Apart from the conflation with /n/ when /l/ is in initial position, /l/ also causes much trouble for Mandarin speakers when it is in final position (dark /ɫ/, as in "tall", "wall", etc.) or in a final consonant cluster, such as in "could," "build" or "world." For this reason, Chinese ESL students show a strong tendency to replace final /l/ with a vowel.
See if some of this helps
Try to watch movies with Chinese actors (like Jackie Chan), find examples of words containing the /l/ sound and make your own sample clips.
You can follow this model :
(03:30 - 04:30)
The word you mean is "elide" (omit, delete) rather than "elicit" (get something from somebody).