Production of english lexical stress by inexperienced and experienced learners of english
AbstractA study was conducted to investigate the placement of stress and its phonetic cues on the American speakers and Mandarin speakers. The study also focused on how learning experience can improve English learner's ability to signal English lexical stress. The study used sixteen native Mandarin speakers from Northern China as participants and assigned them English real-work reading and English-like non real-word reading. The eight participants in the study were inexperienced learners of English and six native English speakers from the US were selected for a control group. The study used 22 real English words differing in stress pattern and 22 non real English words with N/i/N/i+obstruent syllable structure. It was observed that Mandarin speakers can easily detect the pitch difference between stressed and unstressed syllables.
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