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dc.contributor.supervisor Heffernan, Peter
dc.contributor.author Salem, Samah Tawfq
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-30T21:03:18Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-30T21:03:18Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3597
dc.description viii, 71 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the production of English word initial /s/+ consonant clusters (sC) in the speech of eleven adult native Levant Arabic speakers (LAs). In particular, the study investigates the modification strategies that are utilised by LAs when articulating English sC clusters. This study controlled for some of the extra-linguistic factors, which might have an impact on the production of these clusters: length of exposure to North American culture, level of proficiency and onset time of learning. A word-reading task was assigned to elicit the data. The production of these words was compared with that of nine native Canadian English speakers (CEs). The findings of this study are distinct from those of previous, related inter-language studies (Al-Saidat, 2010; Gouskova & Hall, 2007; Al-Shuaibi, 2006, Selkirk, 1981), which concluded that Arabic English as a second language (ESL) speakers have a tendency to insert a vowel in consonant clusters as a strategy (i.e., epenthesis) to facilitate the articulation of these clusters. However, the acoustic analysis employed in this study showed that the targeted clusters were articulated without vowel insertion. Our acoustic analysis leads us to conclude that the strategy in producing sC clusters among our study’s sample of LAs has nothing to do with epenthesis. Instead, LAs produce clusters with a difference in the length of the /s/ and of the following consonant closure. In particular, the /s/ duration is shorter and the consonant closure is longer. It is our hope that the new light shed on this phenomenon will further inform teaching practice for those working with Arabic ESL learners, while also sparking further discussion and research in the inter-language research community. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2014 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en_US
dc.subject English sC clusters en_US
dc.subject Levant Arabic speakers en_US
dc.subject Acoustic analysis en_US
dc.subject Epenthesis en_US
dc.subject Arabic ESL learners en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The modification of English /s/+ consonant onset clusters by Levant Arabic speakers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Education en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.proquest.subject 0290 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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