The Effects of the Nasal Duration and the Position of the Moraic Nasals on the Perception of /N/: A Study of TJL2

Chieh-hsin Hsu, Hsin-yi Hung


This study aims to examine how the nasal duration and the position of the moraic nasals would influence the learners’ perception of Japanese moraic nasals (/N/). The subjects of the study are seventy-two university learners who are learning Japanese as a second language in Taiwan (TJL2). Fifty-four of the subjects have passed Japanese-Language Proficiency Test level N1-N2, while the other subjects are with the Japanese proficiency level between N3-N5. Through the test of this study, we can also understand if learners with different Japanese proficiency levels would have different patterns in perceiving Japanese moraic nasals. The results were shown as follows: 1. The moraic nasals in the final position were perceived with shorter nasal duration. 2. The learners with higher Japanese language proficiency perceived the moraic nasals with shorter nasal duration. 3. The manner of articulation might be more crucial than the nasal duration when the moraic nasal is not adjacent to a nasal sound.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-16

Cite as: Hsu, C., Hung, H. (2016) The Effects of the Nasal Duration and the Position of the Moraic Nasals on the Perception of /N/: A Study of TJL2. Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 80-83, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-16.


@inproceedings{Hsu2016,
  author={Chieh-hsin Hsu and Hsin-yi Hung},
  title={The Effects of the Nasal Duration and the Position of the Moraic Nasals on the Perception of /N/: A Study of TJL2},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={80--83},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2016-16},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2016-16}
}