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ERIC Number: EJ796698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
The Effect of Teaching English Phonotactics on the Lexical Segmentation of English as a Foreign Language
Al-jasser, Faisal
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v36 n1 p94-106 Mar 2008
This paper reports on an intervention study which investigated the effect of teaching English phonotactics upon Arabic speakers' lexical segmentation of running speech in English. The study involved a native English-speaking group (N = 12), a non-native control group (N = 20); and a non-native experimental group (N = 20). Each group was pre-tested using a Word Spotting Task which investigated the extent to which illegal consonant clusters in English and Arabic supported the lexical segmentation of English. The non-native groups were post-tested with the same task after 8 weeks, during which the experimental group was given a treatment consisting of explicit teaching of relevant English phonotactic constraints. Post-test results showed significant gains in the segmentation ability of the experimental group. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A