By B. Siertsema
If Phonetics is a relatively contemporary topic for ecu scholars of international languages and is eyed through them with a few sus picion as an invention that's intended to make their reports tricky, it really is much more so with English Phonetics for African scholars. haven't Africans been studying English for over a century, and with reliable ends up in many situations, 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 move earlier than they could get their measure? but if the research of a overseas language is to be modern its phonetics can't be overlooked; to the contrary, it really is as very important because the examine of its spelling, if no more so. With the discovery of radio and phone, of gramophone and tape-recorders, the significance of the spoken note has elevated immensely and it really is way more crucial now than it used to be 100 years in the past that those that study a international language should still learn how to converse it competently. hence a brand new topic has been further to the agenda of language scholars and academics: the examine and perform of the sounds of the language, and for the lecturers additionally the learn of ways to educate those sounds.
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This is never the case in comparative degrees of adjectives in y: happier: [hrepi;}]; lovelier: [IAvlia]. 97. Some people say [hju:dJ], [wai], with a voiced [j] and [w]; others pronounce a breathed [j] = [y] in huge: [yu:dJ] and a breathed [w] = [M] in why: [MaiJ. 98. No, the "vowellikes" are em, n, U' 1, r]. 99. The semi-vowels are vowels which in some positions in the word have the function of consonants (See No. 95); the vowellikes are consonants which in some positions in the word have the function of vowels (See Chapter VI).
Transcribe: guard, guide, tongue, harangue, vague, language, distinguish. Comment on the pronunciation of -gu-. 438. Transcribe: rhyme, rhythm; the honour, the hostel, the university. Comment on the pronunciation of h and on the different forms of the article. 439. Transcribe: conquest, conquer, liquid, liquor, frequent, exchequer. What is the rule for the pronunciation of -qu-? 440. How is [n] spelled? 441. Transcribe: pneumonia, psalm, psychology. Comment on the omission of p. 442. [Ientarin I in1ta:rin].
What is the glottis? 489. Compare the k-sounds in coast and clear. 490. Compare the l-sounds in clear and sailed. 491. Is that the only difference between them? 492. You transcribe pirates as: [paidritsJ; why not [paidreitsJ? 493. Sailed is transcribed as [seildJ why not [seiltJ? 494. If there was a word sailt, would it be only the final sound that was different from sailed? 495. Give an example of the different length of a vowel according to the following final consonant. 496. Is there anything that strikes you in the pronunciation of the n in 481: [,mJ?
A Test in Phonetics: 500 Questions and Answers on English Pronunciation and How to Teach it in West Africa by B. Siertsema