Comparing the melodies of Turkish and English speech: A focus on suprasegmentals

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Şen N. S.

Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, vol.17, no.1, pp.377-397, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.52462/jlls.23
  • Journal Name: Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.377-397
  • Keywords: Intelligibility, Intonation, Non-native pronunciation, Pause, Stress, Suprasegmental features
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Cognizance Research Associates - Published by JLLS.When it comes to paying attention to the suprasegmental features of their speech, most learners of English seem to be unaware that such phenomena as stress, pitch, duration, and pausing can be of great importance regarding mutual intelligibility. Since they carry a considerable weight of establishing an intelligible conversation, it is argued that they should take part in learners' curricula. In this light, the present study is set out to examine the suprasegmental features of a non-native learner and a native speaker, deriving similarities and diversions with regards to the way they operate the suprasegmental features in their speech data. Therefore, the present study analyses and compares some suprasegmental features of the speech data gathered from a Turkish learner of English and a native speaker of American English. In this vein, fifty sentences are read aloud separately by the Turkish learner of English and the native speaker. The similarities and diversion points are presented and analyzed to highlight some recursivities within the dataset. In this way, teachers and learners of English might be informed upon certain points to improve their intelligibility.