Vol. 3 No. 2 (2016): Approaching Diversity in Speech Studies: New Methodologies under Empirical Perspectives
Phonetics

A percepção das vogais arredondadas do francês por falantes nativos de português brasileiro

Érica Sarsur
POSLIN, FALE/UFMG
Rui Rothe-Neves
Laboratório de Fonética, FALE/UFMG
Published September 21, 2016

Keywords:

Speech perception, speech production, foreign language teaching, FLE, pronunciation

Abstract

This research focused on the perception of the French front rounded vowel sounds by Brazilian Portuguese native speakers. The work proposal was geared towards teaching foreign languages sounds that are not present in the learner’s native language. The hypothesis of this research was that a phonetic-oriented intervention to the production of specific sounds of a foreign language may help to develop learners’ perception of them. This study aimed to test the effectiveness of such intervention. We undertook two sound perception tests, on which the participants pointed out whether or not they were listening to a specific sound present in the Brazilian Portuguese sound repertoire. As a stimulus, the task uses a continuum of isolated vowel sounds throughout nine stages between [i-y], [e-ø], [?-?]. The experimental informant group was then submitted to a didactic-phonetic intervention in the interval between tests. The results seemed to confirm the hypothesis considering that in the post-test data the majority of the participants show impressive perceptual changes. The possible contribution of this study to the foreign language teaching relies on the demonstration of the impact of a didactic oriented intervention to teach pronunciation, making use of activities that shall promote sounds production.