14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

A Contrastive Approach to Teaching English Pronunciation for Slovene Students of English

Rastislav Sustarsic

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

In trying to identify problem areas of foreign-language pronunciation training, teachers often neglect the apparent interaction between the mother tongue and the language in question. However, in terms of pronunciation training, it has often been observed that students' awareness of features of their mother tongue and the differences between their first and the foreign language increases considerably their perception and production of the language of instruction. The paper describes the main differences between the English and the Slovene sound systems from the points of view of manner and place of articulation, voicing and fortis/lenis contrast, including certain features of connected speech, such as assimilation and elision. The most common pronunciation errors of Slovene university students of English, observed in their speech and phonemictranscription assignments, are analysed by contrasting the two systems and by considering the pronunciation of English loanwords in Slovene and the pronunciation of ‘international’ words in both languages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sustarsic, Rastislav (1999): "A contrastive approach to teaching English pronunciation for Slovene students of English", In ICPhS-14, 763-766.