By B. Siertsema
If Phonetics is a relatively fresh topic for ecu scholars of overseas languages and is eyed by means of them with a few sus picion as an invention that's intended to make their reports tough, it really is much more so with English Phonetics for African scholars. haven't Africans been studying English for over a century, and with sturdy ends up in many situations, with out giving a notion to its phonetics? Why introduce this new topic and upload to the variety of books they must learn and the variety of examinations they must move earlier than they could get their measure? but if the learn of a overseas language is to be brand new its phonetics can't be overlooked; to the contrary, it's as vital because the research of its spelling, if no more so. With the discovery of radio and cellphone, of gramophone and tape-recorders, the significance of the spoken observe has elevated immensely and it truly is way more crucial now than it used to be 100 years in the past that those that study a international language may still learn how to communicate it adequately. therefore a brand new topic has been additional to the time table of language scholars and academics: the research and perform of the sounds of the language, and for the academics additionally the learn of ways to educate those sounds.
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Yes; in that case they contain diphthongs: [faa, paa]. 88. The tongue "gives the middle vowel a miss" and goes straight from the first to the last vowel-position. 89. [aia] becomes [aja]: [faja]. [aua] becomes [a] : an hour [an a]. 90. [Ihaidiu I Ihaiariu I IloAdiU I Ilouariu I Ihauziu I Ilauariu ;}ll(j)u:diU I all(j)uariU]· 91. The first sounds of why and yea are consonants which are formed in the same way as the vowels [u:] and [i:] respectively. 92. Two consonants in each word. 93. One consonant in each word.
With a fall on time? g. What's the time with rise on time? A question which has the grammatical form of a question can be read with either a falling or a rising tone on the last stressed syllable (Cf. No. 381). g. She wrote to him regularly? Can this also be read in these two ways? XVII. ) 40 I. If neither the grammatical construction nor the tone 402. 403. 404. 405. 406. indi~ cates that an utterance is a question, what is usually the additional means of expression that still makes it clear? " Only one book is good, that red one.
120. [bAlb]; [bAbl]. [bAlb] has one syllable; [bAbl] two. 121. In [bAlb], the most sonorous sound [AJ is followed by the less sonorous I and this is followed by the still less sonorous b. Thus there is in [bAlb] only one peak of sonority, after which there is a steady fall in sonority. In [bAbl], however, the most sonorous sound [AJ is followed by the not very sonorous b, after which there is another rise in sonority for the l, which is more sonorous than the b. Thus there are in [bAbl] two peaks of sonority, which means that we hear two syllables: Whenever, after a fall in sonority, we hear a fresh rise, we have a new syllable.
A Test in Phonetics: 500 Questions and Answers on English Pronunciation and How to Teach it in West Africa by B. Siertsema