ERIC Number: ED232474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Phonology via Articulatory Settings.
Erazmus, Edward T.
The failure of the phonological approach in establishing native-like speech in the learner is examined in connection with new knowledge derived from articulatory setting theory. This theory is based on the work of Honikman (1964) who demonstrated that there is an intimate relationship between the tongue and teeth in speech production. Specifically, the tongue is fixed at a specific point to a given area on the teeth and this fixing is called anchorage. Anchorage differs from language to language, conforming to the principles of uniqueness of phonemic systems. The anchorage of English sets the tongue for speech operations completely in the upper hemisphere of the mouth. Contrasting English anchorage to Polish anchorage, it can be seen that Polish anchorage is produced by the tongue tip fixing on the base of the lower front teeth or incisors. In order to learn native-like speech, the learner must have knowledge of the target anchorage, practice the target anchorage, and then maintain it. Although finding and setting the anchorage are relatively easy, it is crucial to find and practice strategies that will maintain the anchorage in connected speech. Use of this approach depends upon teacher awareness. Every teacher must consciously work on being a pronunciation teacher. (RW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (35th, Cincinnati, OH, May 24-27, 1983).