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Interference patterns in the spoken English of Iraqis with particular reference to students specialising in English

Dawood, Janan J.; (1990) Interference patterns in the spoken English of Iraqis with particular reference to students specialising in English. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Interference patterns in Second and Foreign language learning take several forms. The aim of this study is to investigate the causes of the problems which Iraqis face when attempting to pronounce English consonant clusters. Generally speaking, the main causes of such errors may be phonological and/or pedagogical. Chapter One discusses 'Diglossia' in general terms and Arabic 'diglossia' in particular. Chapter Two considers the sound systems of Iraqi Arabic and RP. Cairene Arabic is also compared with Iraqi Arabic. Chapter Three investigates and compares the phonotactics of Iraqi Arabic and RP. This chapter also indicates which morphological processes in Iraqi Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Jordanian Arabic, Kuwaiti Arabic and Egyptian Arabic (Cairene) tend to produce consonant clusters. Chapter Four looks at different definitions of the syllable. Particular reference is made to the syllable in Iraqi Arabic, as compared with Classical Arabic and RP. Reference is also made to stress. Chapter Five looks at epenthesis in general and discusses it synchronically and diachronically. Theory must be supported by experimental data. Chapter Six embodies the experiment designed and carried out at Universities in Iraq, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt. A paragraph in English containing familiar and unfamiliar words, was used as a test of the students' ability to recognise and produce the English consonant clusters under investigation. Chapter Seven includes an analysis of the results as well as statistical findings. These showed that the 5 Universities could not be considered as having a homogeneous error rate for either the large or small consonant clusters even after allowing for the different balance of males to females in each University. Finally, chapter eight includes recommendations to improve the status of English in Iraq.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Interference patterns in the spoken English of Iraqis with particular reference to students specialising in English
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Language, literature and linguistics; Education; Consonant clusters
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110128
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