Explosive Plosives: Perception Test on Filipino Plosive Consonants


Divine Angeli P. Endriga and Michaelangelo E. dela Cerna

(Presented at the 1st MLE Conference, “Reclaiming the Right to Learn in One’s Own Language,” Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Feb 18-20, 2010.)

ABSTRACT:  This paper is a preliminary investigation on how Filipino schoolchildren perceive the plosive consonants /p/ and /b/, /t/ and /d// and /k/ and /g/ depending on their location in the word. These phones are close in the place and manner of articulation that they are hard to distinguish and are often interchangeable. These sounds are source of confusion for language learners.

The study was conducted among the Grade III students of the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS). In this grade level, the children are just being taught the sound patterns and still not too familiar and trained in distinguishing the sound differences.

Minimal pairs were used for the discrimination tests. From this process, the authors hope to identify an “ideal” sound, the sound which is clearly identifiable as a specific sound (e.g., /p/ as [p] and not as [b] and vice versa] by determining where children could easily perceive the sounds in relation to their position in the word and the adjacent vowels.

This study will be helpful in teaching Filipino to children with a different mother language and for other language learners as well.

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