Perception of American and Australian English “can” and “can’t” by Japanese Listeners:How to Teach “can” and “can’t”

Kinuko Takahashi, Tomohiko Ooigawa


In order to follow up on a past study ([1]), the present research examined Japanese listeners’ perception of American and Australian English utterance-final “can” and “can’t” ([kæ̃n]-[kæ̃ʔ] and [kæ̃n]-[kɐ̃ʔ], respectively).¹ The results showed that Japanese listeners discriminated the Australian contrast better than the American contrast because of their ability to detect the differences in the vowel quality between [kæ̃n] and [kɐ̃ʔ]. The results of the present study are eventually going to be applied to teach Japanese EFL students how to discriminate the contrast, as they tend to misunderstand messages due to poor discrimination between the two.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-15

Cite as: Takahashi, K., Ooigawa, T. (2016) Perception of American and Australian English “can” and “can’t” by Japanese Listeners:How to Teach “can” and “can’t”. Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 74-79, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-15.


@inproceedings{Takahashi2016,
  author={Kinuko Takahashi and Tomohiko Ooigawa},
  title={Perception of American and Australian English “can” and “can’t” by Japanese Listeners:How to Teach “can” and “can’t”},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={74--79},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2016-15},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2016-15}
}