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Volume 10 : 5 May 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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A Phonetic and Phonological Study of the Consonants of English and Arabic

Abdulghani A. Al-Hattami Ph.D. Candidate


Since a contrastive analysis of any two languages will give us a clear picture of the areas of difficulty that the learners of a foreign language face, the researcher, as a teacher of English as a foreign language to Yemeni learners felt that it is vitally important to contrast the two languages-English and Arabic.

As a teacher, the researcher has noticed peculiar phonetic and phonological features in his learners' spoken English. So in this dissertation the researcher has attempted a contrastive analysis of one aspect of his learners' mother tongue with that of English. The area chosen for contrastive analysis is a phonetic and phonological study of the consonants of English and Arabic.

In chapter one of this dissertation, the researcher has discussed the value of contrastive analysis between the two languages and the pedagogical implications of such a study. The chapter also discusses briefly the relationship between linguistics and phonetics and the relationship between phonetics and phonology.

The second chapter is a brief outline of the aim and scope of the study. This chapter also gives reasons for choosing Classical Arabic and Received Pronunciation as the dialects to be compared and contrasted and the factors motivating this research.

In the third chapter, since this is a phonetic study, the researcher has discussed briefly the vocal organs that play an important role while producing sounds and the classification of speech sounds.

Chapter four has been devoted to the classification and description of the consonants of English and their occurrence in different positions in a word.

In chapter five, the researcher discusses the consonants of Arabic in the same way in which the consonants of English have been described and discussed in chapter four.

Chapter six is a chapter devoted to a contrastive analysis of the two systems. The points of similarities and dissimilarities between the two languages have been pointed out. This chapter also discusses those sounds in pronouncing which an Arabic learner of English may face problems and the pedagogical implications of this study.

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