A Study on the Phonetic Discrimination and Acquisition Ability of Korean Language Learners

한국어 학습자의 음성 변별 능력과 음운 습득 능력의 상관성에 관한 연구

  • 정미지 (서울시립대학교 한국어학당) ;
  • 권성미 (서울시립대학교 국제교육원)
  • Received : 2009.11.13
  • Accepted : 2010.02.22
  • Published : 20100300


This study aimed at discovering whether Korean language learners who had never been exposed to Korean phones before could distinguish Korean phones and whether learners who had comparatively better ability of identifying phonetic differences displayed a better result in acquiring Korean phonemes. The study conducted two experiments on 25 learners. In Experiment I, an oddball test (ABX) was performed to investigate the learners' ability to discriminate Korean phones on the first day of the course. In Experiment II, an identification test was administered to analyze the ability of identifying Korean phones on the same learners after three weeks of language instruction. The results revealed that the true-beginner learners demonstrated different phonetic discrimination abilities, but these abilities did not seem to correlate with the rate of acquisition.