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  1. Lecture 9 Aspects of Connected Speech Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  2. SPEECH MECHANICAL CONNECTED Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  3. Why shall we study aspects of connected speech? Oral Speech is a continuous stream of sounds without clear-cut borderlines between each word. In spoken discourse, we adapt our pronunciation to our audience and articulate with maximal economy of movement rather than maximal clarity. Thus, certain words are lost, and certain phonemes linked together as we attempt to get our message across. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  4. Aspects of Connected Speech • Weak Forms • Rythm • Elision • Linking • Assimilation • intonation Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  5. Weak forms 1 When we talk about weak forms in the phonetics of English this regards a series of words which have one pronunciation (strong) when isolated, and another (weak) when not stressed within a phrase. e.g. It is his car v. /əz/ The car is his. /hiz/ Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  6. There is a tendency for vowels in unstressed syllables to shift towards the schwa (central position) Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  7. Weak form are commonly used words • Prepositions (at) • Auxiliary verbs (must) • Conjunctions (and) • Pronouns (his) • Articles (the) • Qualfiers (as) EXAMPLES Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  8. Look at this phrase: I went to the station and booked two tickets for my father and his best friend. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  9. What are the most important words? I wentto the stationand booked two ticketsfor my fatherand his bestfriend. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  10. If we eliminate the other words can we still understand the message? went station booked two tickets father best friend. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  11. Weak=unstressed In the following sentences the underlined words are stressed and so would be pronounced using the strong form: I do like chocolate. She drove to Las Vegas, not from Las Vegas. We were surprised when she told us her secret. (stress on ‘were’ for emphasis) Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  12. 2 Assimilation Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  13. What is assimilation? A phoneme might be released according to the effect of neighboring words. In other words, a phoneme may be realized differently as a result of being near some other phoneme belonging to a neighboring word we call this an instance of assimilation. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  14. Definition: Assimilation is a common phonological process by which the phonetics of a speech segment becomes more like that of another segment in a word (or at a word boundary). Example: A common example of assimilation would be "don't be silly" where the /n/ and /t/ in "don't" become /m/ and /b/= ("dom be silly"). Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  15. Where does assimilation appear? Assimilation is more likely to be found in rapid, casual speech and less likely in slow, careful speech. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  16. consider case where two words are combined, the first of which ends with a single final constant ( which we will call C ) and the second of which starts with a single initial consonant ( which we will call C ); we can construct a diagram like this: ………….Cf | Ci………. |=the word boundary Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  17. TYPES OF ASSIMILATION Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  18. If Cf changes to become like Ci in some way, then the assimilation is called regressive (the phoneme that comes first is affected by the one that comes after it); if Ci changes to become like Cf in some way, then the assimilation is called progressive. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  19. The main differences between consonants are of three types: 1) differences in place of articulation; 2) difference in manner of articulation; 3) differences in voicing. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  20. Assimilation of Place The most common form involves the movement of place of articulation of the alveolar stops /t/, /d/ and /n/ to a position closer to that of the following sound (WHICH IS NOT ALVEOLAR). Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  21. Assimilation of Place • For instance, in the phrase ten cars, the /n/ will usually be articulated in a velar position, /teN ka:z/ so that the tongue will beready to produce the following velar sound /k/. • Similarly, in ten boys the /n/ will be produced in a bilabial position, /tem boIz/to prepare for the articulation of the bilabial /b/. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

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  24. Elision 3 Elision is very simply the omission of certain sounds in certain contexts. In certain circumstances a phoneme may be released as ZERO, or have ZERO REALIZATION or be DELETED. Elision is typical of rapid, casual speech. The most important occurrences of this phenomenon regard: 1Alveolar consonants /t/ and /d/ when ‘sandwiched’ between two consonants (CONS – t/d – CONS), e.g. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

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  26. Elision of ‘not’ The phoneme /t/ is a fundamental part of the negative particle not. Consider the negative of can – if followed by a consonant the /t/ may easily disappear and the only difference between the positive and the negative is a different, longer vowel sound in the second: +I can speak…. /ai kən spi:k/ - I can’t speak… /ai ka:nspi:k/ Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  27. Intonation 4 • IT IS the rise and fall of the pitch of sound in speaking. • The function of intonation is to express attitude, feeling or emotion Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  28. WHAT IS A TONE? IT ISthe use of pitch in language to distinguish words. Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

  29. TONES BASIC COMPLEX See the book For examples 1. level tone 2. Falling tone 3. Rising tone 1. Fall-rise tones 2. Rise- fall tones 3. Level tones Mrs. Hind Al-Beladi

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