15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Application of Acoustic Analysis in English Phonetics Teaching

Rastislav Sustarsic

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Taking into account the prevailing articulatory and auditory approach in phonetics and phonology classes (even at tertiary level), the aim of the paper is to underline the importance of instrumental (acoustic) data in supplementing and enriching the traditional educational approaches in this area.
   After briefly discussing applicability of sound synthesis and sound recognition tools in pedagogic environment, I focus on speech analysis, in particular on those computer tools that enable analysis and visual display of both segmental and prosodic features of speech.
   Considering my specific situation of teaching English Phonetics to Slovene students of English, the focus of the paper is on contrastive analysis of segmental and prosodic features of English and Slovene. Some of the main differences between the two languages, which often lead to mispronunciations by Slovene students, are illustrated on the basis of instrumental analysis and spectral display.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sustarsic, Rastislav (2003): "Application of acoustic analysis in English phonetics teaching", In ICPhS-15, 2841-2844.