In this study Donna M. Brinton and I investigate the issues that international pronunciation specialists elected to discuss during the period from August 2014 to August 2015. Both members of an invitational electronic mailing list (e-list) for pronunciation specialists, we analyzed the e-list discussion strands and threads over that one-year period to determine the four topics that elicited greatest degree of interest, interaction, and in-depth discussion. (You may recall from the March 7 post "What Pronunciation Professionals Talk About" that the findings of the previous year were published.) The hot topics of this year, summarized in this slide presentation, are as follows.
1) Techniques for helping Vietnamese speakers learn English pronunciation
2) Stress shifting in British and American English
3) The respective merits of differing vowel charts
4) The value of contrastive analysis for research and teaching
Pronunciation Hot Topics: A Global Perspective from Marsha J. Chan