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Phonological assimilation in the English of native and non-native speakers’ reading and spontaneous speech

Saad, Mohammad Azannee and Pilus, Zahariah (2013) Phonological assimilation in the English of native and non-native speakers’ reading and spontaneous speech. Journal of Modern Languages, 23. pp. 57-67. ISSN 1675526x

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Abstract

This study examines the frequency of phonological assimilation in the speech of experienced non-native speakers (L2) of English and native speakers (L1) of British English. The study compares reading and spontaneous speech performance by both groups. Results indicate that the L1 group assimilates more than the L2 group in their speech production although the L2 participants are experienced English language instructors. In addition to studying the frequency of phonological assimilation, this study also compares the occurrences of assimilation across different task types. There is a tendency for assimilation to occur more frequently when the task requires less focus on the words.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 680/38416
Uncontrolled Keywords: English pronunciation, phonological assimilation, bilingual speech,language formality
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr Zahariah Pilus
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 15:34
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 14:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/38416

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