ERIC Number: ED126704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Tones in Vietnamese and English.
This paper compares the tone systems of Vietnamese and English, with emphasis on the teaching of English as a second language. Rising, level, high, low, and falling tones are identified for English. Vietnamese has all of these except the last. While in Vietnamese, tones are predictable in the sense that tones and words go together, English tones vary and have more than a lexical function. It is thus quite difficult to teach the placement of tones in English. A method of taking the Vietnamese tone markers from Vietnamese words and applying them to words in the target language is outlined, as a means of teaching tone in English. Comments are made about tone usage in different regional varieties of Vietnamese. (CLK)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, English (Second Language), Intonation, Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Usage, Phonology, Regional Dialects, Second Language Learning, Suprasegmentals, Teaching Methods, Tone Languages, Vietnamese
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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