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ERIC Number: ED502019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
A Description of Turkish-English Phonology for Teaching English in Turkey
Celik, Mehmet
Online Submission, Journal of Theory and Practice in Education v4 n1 p159-174 2008
The use of English as an international language has resulted inevitably in a blending of English and the first languages of the users. One particular consequence of this contact has been the creation of a system involving the phonemic features of the two languages, one such variety being Turkish-English phonology. The objective of this article is to provide Turkish teachers of English with a description of realistic and at the same time intelligible pronunciation for teaching and testing purposes. For this purpose, data from bilinguals and teacher trainers as well as advanced learners of English have been utilized. In view of the strong arguments in the literature that it is unrealistic to expect learners to accomplish native speaker norms in pronunciation, what is needed, methodologically, is an approach or framework that recognizes the learner's linguistic background as well as the contexts that involve nonnative-nonnative discourse participants. The suggested framework involves a reduced but intelligible phonological system for language learners to successfully communicate in English internationally. The paper concludes the description of Turkish- English phonology by reducing the number of phonemes by 8 from a studied total of 23 phonemes from Received Pronunciation. Teachers of pronunciation can make use of the suggested pronunciation framework for effective, viable and realistic teaching targets. List of Words Used in Reading Task is appended. (Contains 11 tables and 3 footnotes.) [Abstract provided in both English and Turkish. This article is a revised version of the paper titled "Bilingual Phonology as a Basis for Teaching Pronunciation" presented at the International ELT Research Conference (4th, Canakkale, Turkey, May 26-28, 2005).]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey