Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What’s Hot 2015: Insights from Pronunciation Practitioners

Marsha J. Chan
Donna M. Brinton

What do pronunciation specialists consider to be topics worthy of discussion amongst themselves? As a follow-up to previous studies of “hot topics” on an invitational electronic mailing list (e-list) for pronunciation specialists, this study investigates the issues that international pronunciation specialists elected to discuss during a one-year period. The authors, both members of the e-list, analyzed the e-list discussion strands and threads over the one-year period from August 2014 to August 2015 to determine the four topics that elicited greatest degree of interest, interaction, and in-depth discussion. The hot topics of this past year, summarized here, are: 

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; and 
4) the value of contrastive analysis for research and teaching.

To read the article, click the first link. To access all of the proceedings, click the second link.

Chan, M. J., & Brinton, D. M. (2016). What’s Hot 2015: Insights from Pronunciation Practitioners. In J. Levis, H.Le., I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp. 14-28). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

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