Japanese Pronunciation of English

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Tim Riney and Janet Anderson-Hsieh, International Christian University

This paper examines four sources of descriptions of Japanese pronunciation of
English (JPE): EFL textbooks, ESL teacher reference books, broad scholarly
descriptions, and empirical studies. The paper (a) informs the pronunciation
teacher and researcher of the types of descriptions of JPE that are available; (b)
compares and contrasts assumptions, informal observations, and formal
fmdings about JPE that have been made; (c) points out the need to establish a
better consensus than exists at present about what characteristics define JPE;
and (d) makes suggestions for future research on JPE that would be useful