By B. Siertsema
If Phonetics is a relatively contemporary topic for ecu scholars of international languages and is eyed via them with a few sus picion as an invention that's intended to make their experiences tough, it really is much more so with English Phonetics for African scholars. haven't Africans been studying English for over a century, and with solid ends up in many instances, with out giving a idea to its phonetics? Why introduce this new topic and upload to the variety of books they must learn and the variety of examinations they need to cross earlier than they could get their measure? but if the learn of a overseas language is to be modern its phonetics can't be ignored; to the contrary, it truly is as very important because the learn of its spelling, if no more so. With the discovery of radio and mobile, of gramophone and tape-recorders, the significance of the spoken be aware has elevated immensely and it really is way more crucial now than it used to be 100 years in the past that those that research a overseas language may still learn how to communicate it competently. therefore a brand new topic has been additional to the agenda of language scholars and academics: the research and perform of the sounds of the language, and for the lecturers additionally the learn of the way to educate those sounds.
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A house or an house? 150. Transcribe: annihilation; vehicle. What happens to medial h in these words and why. vm. The Beginning and Ending of Vowels 151. What is the difference in the pronunciation of the first and the second phoneme of the word high? 152. What do we call this way of beginning a vowel? 153. When there is no aspiration, in what way do English vowels begin in unemotional, unemphatic speech? 154. How do Africans often pronounce the initial vowels in English? g. in "Excuse me. ") 155.
When exhalation begins. They vibrate immediately when the outgoing breath passes through the glottis, which is lightly closed at the start. The vowel thus begins abruptly. The fourth way of beginning a vowel is that with the glottal plosive. Just as the aspirated beginning is a kind of exaggerated gradual beginning, the glottal plosive is a kind of exaggerated clear beginning: instead of lightly closed, the glottis is firmly closed at the beginning and the closure is only released when there is some pressure of the pent-up breath behind it.
143. Explain the terms of these definitions. 144. Is the glottal plosive a phoneme in English? 145. Does that mean that it never occurs in English? If it does, give an example. 146. Why do we still say that the glottal plosive is not a phoneme in English? 147. What is the chief property of a phoneme? 148. Is [h] a phoneme in English? Prove it. 149. Which is correct: a hotel or an hotel? A house or an house? 150. Transcribe: annihilation; vehicle. What happens to medial h in these words and why.
A Test in Phonetics: 500 Questions and Answers on English Pronunciation and How to Teach it in West Africa by B. Siertsema