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The Effect of the Arabic Syllabic Prosodic Features on the Production of English CV Sequences

Dr. Mohammad Anani
English Department, Petra University PO. Box 852366, Amman, Jordan
Abstract :
The aim of this research is to investigate the effect of the Arabic minimal prosodic unit (the 
syllable) on the production of English L2 CV sequences. To study the influence of phonetic 
context upon a given segment and the overall effect the Arabic syntagmatic features on the 
Arab learner's ability to reorganize in terms of English patterns, samples of conversational 
exchanges of some native speakers of adult/child Jordanian Arabic were recorded over a two 
month period. The syllable patterns that regulate the phonological organization of the 
conversational exchanges were described. 
To study the effect of the preceding and following consonants on the adjacent vowel sounds, 
two sets of consonantal contexts were examined: 'emphatic' vs. 'non-emphatic'. 
The objectives of this study are the following: 
(i) to identify prosodic features which span the internal structure of the Arabic word templates, 
e.g. the vocalic melody of frontness vs. backness 
(ii) to explore the Arabic language-specific phonological constraints and to determine their 
effect on the production of English sound patterns 
(iii) to study the Arabic templates which are similar in shape to English equivalents, because 
contrastive linguistics studies, to date, have so far focused on phonological negative 
interlingual transfer to the effective exclusion of positive interlingual transfer. 
(vi) to demonstrate how English utterances are restructured so that the constituent syllables 
follow typical Arabic syllabication.
Keywords :
effect, prosodic features, L2 sequences, conversational exchange

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Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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