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|Title:||An OT Analysis of Syllable Simplification Strategies Used by EFL Vocational School Students in Terms of the MSD Model|
Department of English, NTNU
This study attempts to construct a constraint ranking, i.e. , grammatical competence, ofEFL vocational school students in terms ofthe Minimal Sonority Difference (MSD) model to account for their syl1able simplification strategies. Ten graduate students of Shipping Transportation and Management, Kaohsiung Marine University, were invited to participate in this study. A 20 minimal pair reading was used to elicit their English onset production. Results showed that these EFL vocational students did encounter difficulties in acquiring English onset clusters on the grounds that the MSD parameter setting of English is lower than that of Mandarin Chinese. Further, the lower MSD of the two adjacent consonants didn 't absolutely lead to the more learning difficulties. Finally, the constraint rankings of English onset cluster production established by the EFL students in this study varied with their various accuracy rates of pronunciation. More specifically, we think that a native-like constraint ranking was established by the students whose accuracy rates exceeded 80%, whereas a non-native-Iike one was re flected in the mind of the students whose accuracy rates were below 80%.
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