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Lekwilai, Panya – rEFLections, 2021
Prosody is a linguistic feature in spoken English that is complex yet plays an important role in oral communication. Nevertheless, many EFL pronunciation classes in Thailand have not adequately emphasized the importance and functions of prosody to learners. This research study aims to investigate effect of an oral fluency instructional method…
Descriptors: Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Oral Language, Language Fluency
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Hofmann, Klaus; Baumann, Andreas – Journal of Child Language, 2021
This paper investigates whether typical stress patterns in English nouns and verbs are available as a prosodic cue for categorisation and accelerated word learning during first language acquisition. The stress typicality hypothesis states that left-stressed nouns and right-stressed verbs should be acquired earlier than the reverse configurations…
Descriptors: English, Suprasegmentals, Nouns, Verbs
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Elumalai, Kesavan Vadakalur; Abdullah, Mohammad Sufian; Sankar, Jayendira P.; Kalaichelvi, R. – Arab World English Journal, 2021
The English language pronunciation is a sub-skill of speaking modules during the learning process of a second language. Accurate pronunciation is not followed enough by Bangladesh students in speaking English It was found that the participants face barriers while pronouncing English. However, it is ignored and even provided the least attention by…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Pronunciation, Foreign Students
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Loos, Cornelia; Napoli, Donna Jo – Cognitive Science, 2021
Echo phonology was originally proposed to account for obligatory coordination of manual and mouth articulations observed in several sign languages. However, previous research into the phenomenon lacks clear criteria for which components of movement can or must be copied when the articulators are so different. Nor is there discussion of which…
Descriptors: Human Body, Sign Language, Phonology, Motion
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Turco, Giuseppina; Zerbian, Sabine – Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2021
A phoneme-detection task shows that listeners of Sepedi use semantic information in processing but not prosody (Experiment 1). Sepedi is a language with no grammaticalised prosodic expression of focus. Sepedi listeners detected phoneme targets faster when the phoneme-bearing words were focussed (as opposed to unfocussed) but not when occurring in…
Descriptors: African Languages, Phonemes, Semantics, Suprasegmentals
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Gibson, Todd A.; Summers, Connie – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2021
Cross-linguistic influence has been observed across all domains of language. However, nothing is known about the role of cross-linguistic influence in bilingual speakers' use of vocal fry. Several recent studies have identified an upsurge in the use of vocal fry among female speakers of American English. We sought to identify cross-linguistic…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Females, Linguistics, Speech
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Katz, Jonah; Moore, Michelle W. – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of specific acoustic patterns on word learning and segmentation in 8- to 11-year-old children and in college students. Method: Twenty-two children (ages 8;2-11;4 [years;months]) and 36 college students listened to synthesized "utterances" in artificial languages consisting of…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Child Language, Children, College Students
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Sürüç Sen, Nur – Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 2021
When it comes to paying attention to the suprasegmental features of their speech, most learners of English seem to be unaware that such phenomena as stress, pitch, duration, and pausing can be of great importance regarding mutual intelligibility. Since they carry a considerable weight of establishing an intelligible conversation, it is argued that…
Descriptors: Intonation, Language Rhythm, Suprasegmentals, Turkish
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Obergfell, Anja L.; Schmidt, Barbara M.; Stenneken, Prisca; Wittemann, Sonja K.; Schabmann, Alfred – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2021
This study investigates the effects of prosodic sensitivity on reading. Highly capable adult musicians (i.e., persons with potentially excellent prosodic skills) and non-musicians were compared in terms of prosodic sensitivity and reading. Furthermore, the study examines possible reciprocal effects of prosodic sensitivity and reading. Sixty native…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Suprasegmentals, Reading Fluency
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Deng, Qinli; Tong, Shelley Xiuli – Annals of Dyslexia, 2021
This study examined whether, and if so how, L1 and L2 segmental and suprasegmental phonological awareness is longitudinally related to L1 and L2 reading comprehension difficulties among Hong Kong Chinese-English bilingual children. Using a regression approach, we identified five types of comprehenders, i.e., 11 poor-Chinese/average-English…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Suprasegmentals, Phonological Awareness, Bilingualism
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Yu, Vickie Y. – Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2021
This study examined the importance of syllable position, duration, and tone/pitch for the assignment of stress in Chinese hums. Twenty native Mandarin speakers and 20 native English speakers were asked to assign primary stress to two-syllable Chinese hums. The importance of acoustic cues for stress assignment was also evaluated. Our findings…
Descriptors: Native Language, Syllables, Acoustics, Cues
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Cui, Gang; Wang, Yuemin; Zhong, Xiaoyun – Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2021
This study aims to investigate the effect of suprasegmental phonological training on connected-text reading comprehension of Chinese university students with different English reading proficiency levels. A sample of 160 freshmen was recruited and randomly divided into experimental and control groups, and the experimental group was given a 12-week…
Descriptors: Phonology, Suprasegmentals, Reading Comprehension, College Students
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Calet, Nuria; Martín-Peregrina, Manuel Ángel; Jiménez-Fernández, Gracia; Martínez-Castilla, Pastora – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2021
Background: Phonological difficulties in children with developmental language disorder (DLD) are well documented. However, abilities regarding prosody, the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of language, have been less widely studied, particularly in Spanish. Moreover, the scant research findings that have been reported are contradictory. These…
Descriptors: Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Comparative Analysis, Speech Communication
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Landreth, Shelly J.; Young, Chase – Journal of Educational Research, 2021
This article examines the effects of a reading fluency intervention on the fluency and comprehension of struggling middle school readers. The secondary fluency routine was developed by the first author, and was based on effective practices described in other studies. Thirty-nine seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in reading intervention…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Intervention, Middle School Students
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Kermad, Alyssa – TESL-EJ, 2021
Prosody communicates pragmatic meaning far beyond that which is evident at the surface level of an utterance and can pose challenges to learners' pragmatic comprehension. The current study investigated how second language (L2) English learners made decisions about speaker intent when communicated through prosody. Seventeen English L2 learners took…
Descriptors: Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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