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ERIC Number: ED271009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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The Stressing of Final Superheavy Syllables by Saudi Learners of English: Implications for the Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis.
Younes, Munther A.
After a discussion of the Arabic stress rules, an experiment is described which looked at two questions: (1) how consistent Saudi students of English as a second language (ESL) are in avoiding the assignment of stress to English final syllables with a consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant (CVCC) configuration, where Arabic stress rules agree with English stress rules; and (2) how this linguistic behavior bears upon the Contrastive Analysis (CA) Hypothesis. For the study two groups of third and fourth year ESL students in a Saudi university were asked to read 33 nonsense words which had English sounds and typical English syllable structure. Stress errors generally were found to be due to interference between Arabic and English, that is, the students transferred the Arabic rule to English, with the exception of the CVCC pattern. Their CVCC errors did not follow the Arabic stress rule, even though in this case it could be transferred to English. The consistency of this pronunciation pattern is cited as a counterexample to the CA Hypothesis. Two explanations are offered, one based on the syllable structure of CVCC sequences in Arabic and one based on morphological structure. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Linguistics Conference (3rd, Irbid, Jordan, April 1-3, 1984); see FL 015 768.