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    • In the name of Lord Most merciful most beneficent
    • Presentation on Weak Syllables and Strong Syllables
      • Presented to:
      • Sir Sohail Falak Sheir
      • Presented by:
      • Muhammad Asif
    • Contents
      • Syllable
      • Types of Syllable
      • Weak and Strong Syllable
      • Types of Weak Syllable
      • Relationship of Syllables with other Suprasegmental features
      • Weak Forms and Strong Forms
      • Weak Forms in English
      • Teaching of Weak Forms
    • Syllable
      • A syllable is a rhythmic unit of speech. Syllables exist to make the speech stream easier for the human mind to process. A syllable comprises one or more segments; segments are the building blocks for syllables.
    • Syllable
      • A syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word water is composed of two syllables: wa and ter . A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus (most often a vowel ) with optional initial and final margins
    • Syllable Structure
      • The general structure of a syllable consists of the following segments:
      • Onset (obligatory in some languages, optional or even restricted in others)
      • Rime
        • Nucleus (obligatory in all languages)
      • Coda (optional in some languages, highly restricted or prohibited in others)
    • Types of Words according to syllables
      • A word that consists of a single syllable (like English bat ) is called a monosyllable (such a word is monosyllabic), while a word consisting of two syllables (like father ) is called a disyllable (such a word is disyllabic). A word consisting of three syllables (such as indigent ) is called a trisyllable (the adjective form is trisyllabic). A word consisting of more than three syllables (such as intelligence ) is called a polysyllable (and could be described as polysyllabic), although this term is often used to describe words of two syllables or more.
    • Domain of Suprasegmental features
      • The domain of suprasegmental features is the syllable and not a specific sound, that is to say, the study of syllable is closely related following aspects :
      • Stress
      • Tone
    • Weak and Strong Syllables
      • one of the most noticeable features of English is that many syllables are weak; this is true of many other languages, but it is necessary to study how these weak syllables are pronounced and where they occur in English
    • Description of weak and strong syllables
      • We could describe them partly in terms of stress (by saying, for example, that strong syllables are stressed and weak syllables unstressed.)
    • Weak Syllables Will have…..
      • four types of center:
      • i) the vowel (" schwa") ə
      • ii) a close front unrounded vowel in the general area of i: and I
      • iii) a close back rounded vowel in the general area of u: and ʊ
      • iv) a syllabic consonant
    • The vowel ( " schwa" ) ə
      • i)Spelt with " a '; strong pronuciation would be æ
      • attend / ətend / character /k æ r əktə /
      • barracks / b ærəks /
      • ii) Spelt with " ar" ;strong pronuciation would have ɑ:
      • particular / p ə t I kj ə l ə / molar /m əʊlə(r )/
      • monarchy/m ɒ n ə ki/
      • iii) Adjectival endings spelt " ate" ; strong pronunciation would be e I
      • intimate / I nt I m ət / accurate/ æ kj ərət /
      • desolate/des ələt /
      • There are exceptions to this for example " private is usually /praIvIt /
      • iv) Spelt with " o " ; strong pronuciation would have ɒ
      • tomorrow /t əmɒrəʊ / potato / p əte I təʊ /
      • carrot / k æ r ət /
      • v) Spelt with " or " ; strong pronunciation would have ɔ:
      • forget / f əget / ambassador / æ mb æ s ə d ə /
      • opportunity / ɒ p ətju:n I t I /
    • Other examples
      • vi) Spelt with “ e “ ; strong pronunciation would have e
      • settlement /setlm ənt / violet /va I l ət /
      • postman /p ə ʊ stmən /
      • vii) Spelt with “ er “; strong pronunciation would have ɜ:
      • perhaps / p əhæps / superman /su:p ə m æn /
      • Viii)Spelt with “ ough” ( there are other pronunciation of the letter sequence
      • “ ough” )
      • Borough / b ʌ r ə / thorough / θ ʌ r ə /
      • ix)Spelt with “ u “ ; strong form would have ʌ
      • Autumn / ɔ: t əm / support / s əp ɔ: t / halibut / h æ l I b ət /
      • x)Spelt with “ ous”
      • Gracious /gre I ʃ əs / callous / k æ l əs /
    • Close front and Close back vowels
      • Two other vowels are commonly found in weak syllables, one close front i ( in the general area of i: and i) and the other close back rounded u( in the general region of u: and ʊ ) . In strong syllables it is easy to distinguish i: from i ,u: from ʊ , but in weak syllables the difference is not so clear .
    • Examples
      • Possible pronuciation
      • Easy busy
      • i) i:zi: b I zi:
      • ii) i:z I b I z I
      • Using Weak Syllable
      • i:zi b I zi
    • More Examples
      • i) In word-final position in words spelt with final “ y” or “ ey” ( after one or more consonant letter e.g. “ happy / hæpi / valley /væli /
      • and in morpheme final position when such words have suffixes beginning with vowelss,e.g. “ happier / hæpiə / easiest /i:ziəst /
      • “ hurrying” / h ʌ ri I ŋ /
      • ii) In prefix such as those spelt “ re” , “ pre” , “ de” if is precedes a vowel and is unstressed,for example in react / riækt / preocupied /priɒkjəpaId/
      • deactivate /diæktIveIt /
      • iii) In suffixes spelt “ iate”, “ious” when they have two syllables, for example
      • in “ appreciate”, “hilarious”
      • iv) In the following words when unstressed: “ he”, “ she” , “ we” “ me” , “ be” and the word “ the” when it precedes a vowel.
    • Examples of Close front rounded vowel
      • In most other cases of weak syllables containing a close front unrounded vowel we can assign the vowel to the phoneme, as in the first syllable of “ resist”/r I z I st/ “
      • Inane / I ne I n / “ enough” / I n ʌ f/ and the middle syllable of “ incident” and the final syllable of “ swimming” / sw I m I ŋ / liquid / l I kw I d / Optic / ɒpt I k /.It can be seen that this vowel is most often represented in spelling by the letters “ i’’ and “ e”
      • Weak syllbles with close back rounded vowel are not so common.Their most frequent occurrence is in the words “ you” , “ into”, “ to”, “ do”,when they are unstressed and are not immediately preceding a consonant, and “ through” and “ who” in all positions whey they are unstressed.We also find weak syllable where the vowel tends to sound more like the ʊ vowel of the book;usually this is found with a preceding j glide, as in evacuation
      • / Ivækjue I ʃn /.An example of such a vowel without a preceding j is Influenza
      • / Infll ʊ enza /
    • Syllabic Consonants
      • Syllabic ‘ l ’ with alveolar consonant preceding
      • cattle / kæt l / bottle / bɒt l / muddle /m ʌ d l /
      • With non-alveolar consonant preceding
      • Couple /k ʌ p l / trouble/ tr ʌ b l /
      • Knuckle /n ʌ k l /
      • Such words usually lose their final letter “ e” when a suffix is beginning with a vowel is attached, but the l usually remains syllabic.Thus:
      • Bottle-bottling /bɒt l I ŋ /
      • Mudlle-muddling / m ʌ d l I ŋ/
      • ‘ panel’ /p æ n l / papal / peIp l /
      • Petal / pet l / parcel / p ɑ: s l /
      • Kernel / k ɜ: n l / Babel / beIb l /
      • Pedal / ped l / ducal /dju:k l /
    • Rhythm and meter in English
      • English poetry employs five basic rhythms of varying stressed (/) and unstressed (x) syllables. The meters are iambs, trochees, spondees, anapests and dactyls. In this document the stressed syllables are marked in boldface type rather than the tradition al "/" and "x." Each unit of rhythm is called a "foot" of poetry.
      • IAMBIC (x /) : That time of year thou mayst in me be hold
      • TROCHAIC (/ x): Tell me not in mourn ful num bers
      • SPONDAIC (/ /): Break , break , break / On thy cold gray stones , O Sea !
      • Meters with three-syllable feet are
      • ANAPESTIC (x x /): And the sound of a voice that is still
      • DACTYLIC (/ x x): This is the for est pri me val, the mur muring pines and the hem lock (a trochee replaces the final dactyl)
    • Strong and Weak Forms
      • Strong forms are often found:
      • 1) When they occur at the end of a word
      • 2) When a word is contrasted with another word
      • 3) When a word is stressed for emphasis
      • 4) When a word is being quoted.
    • Weak Forms
      • English is a stress-timed language, which means that stressed syllables are equal in timing. In order to fit our words into this pattern, we tend to "squash" or compress other syllables or words occurring between stresses, in order to keep up with the more or less regular rhythm (Mayers 1981:422). Therefore, compressing or "weakening" some sounds is necessary to keep the rhythm of English.
    • A weak form is the pronunciation of a word or syllable in an unstressed manner. Of course, the difference between the strong form (stressed) and the weak form (unstressed) of a word is not apparent in writing, but in speech these two variations in pronunciation can be drastically different. If spoken in isolation, the weak form of a word would probably be unintelligible. The difference between the two forms can affect meaning. Here is an example to show how strong and weak forms of a single word ( that ) can change the entire meaning of a sentence: John thinks that man is evil. /ð ə t/ This version of the sentence, with the weak (unstressed) form of that , means "John thinks all humans are evil."
      • Weak forms are usually distinguished by a change in vowel quality from a border position on the vowel quadrilateral to a central position. The vowel in a weak form is usually the schwa ( ə ). Weak forms are pronounced more quickly and at lower volume in comparison to the stressed syllables. They are also not central to changes in intonation.
    •  
    •   He's not at home. ə t æ t at   ..as good as gold... ə z æ z As   A bottle of wine. ə (v) ɒ v Of   Put it into the box. ɪ nt ə ɪ nt u: Into   She's from York. fr ə m fr ɒ m From   Wait for me! f ə (r) f ɔ :(r ) For   I went to the market. t ə tu: to       Prepositions Example Weak form Strong form  
    • You must be a bit more patient. m ə s(t) m ʌ st Must What can you do with it? k ə n k æ n Can They should be here by now. ʃ ə d ʃ ʊ d Should What could I do? k ə d k ʊ d Could She said she would be here. w ə d w ʊ d Would They were bored. w ə (r) w ɜ : Were I was quite interested. w ə z w ɒ z was John and Mary are here. ə (r)* ɑ : Are Where do you live? d ə du: Do Example   Weak Form Strong Form   Auxiliary verbs
    •             What's the time? ð ə , ð i (before a vowel) ð i: The He's an idiot! ə n æ n an Take a good book. ə e ɪ A I'll give her a ring later. (h) ə (r)* h ɜ : (r) her (as object pronoun) Where's your jumper? j ə (r) j ɔ : your Where do you live? j ə ju: you (as object pronoun) The dog that bit me ... ð ə t ð æt that (as a relative) It's faster than mine. ð ən ð æn Than ...but one of the main points... b ə t b ʌ t but Rock 'n' roll. ə nd, ə n , n̩ æ nd And Example   Weak Form   Strong Form     Others  
    • Importance of teaching weak forms
      • There are two good reasons why weak forms ought to be taught. First, teaching weak forms can help students improve their production of spoken English. Because of the influence of their first language, foreign students tend to pronounce every word very clearly. As a result, their speech always sounds foreign, sometimes unintelligible, because enunciating each word in a sentence can disrupt the natural rhythm of spoken English. Second, not knowing the weak form may inhibit students' comprehension of the English spoken by fluent speakers. Therefore, acquiring weak forms is important not only for students' production of spoken English but also for their listening comprehension.
    • Questions
      • What is a Syllable?
      • A syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word water is composed of two syllables: wa and ter . A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus (most often a vowel ) with optional initial and final margins
      • What is a Weak Syllable?
      • Weak Syllable will have four types of centre:
      • i) the vowel (" schwa") ə
      • ii) a close front unrounded vowel in the general area of i: and I
      • iii) a close back rounded vowel in the general area of u: and ʊ
      • iv) a syllabic consonant
    • Question
      • A weak Syllable will have as its centre:
      • ə
      • ɪ
      • u:
      • ɒ
      • Answer:
      • ə
    • Question
      • There are ………………… Weak forms in English.
      • 30 approx.
      • 50 approx.
      • 10 approx.
      • 40 approx.
      • Answer:
      • 40 approx.
    • Question
      • The strong Form of certain words is used:
      • In initial position
      • Middle position
      • Final position
      • None of the above
      • Answer:
      • Final position
    • Question
      • Words which have both strong and weak forms mostly belong to the category that is called………….
      • Lexical words
      • General words
      • Stressed words
      • Functional words
      • Answer:
      • Functional words
    • References
      • Roach,Peter.(2004) English Phonetics and Phonology, Cambridge University Press.
      • Kenworthy,Joanne. (1994) Teaching English Pronunciation , Longman.
      • Trim,J. (1984) English Pronunciation Illustrated ,Cambridge University Press.
      • Fangzhi, Cheng. 1998. The teaching of pronunciation to Chinese students of English. English Teaching Forum, 36 , 1, pp. 37-39.
      • Kelly, G. 2000. How to teach pronunciation . London: Longman/Pearson Education Limited.
      • Mayers, R. P. 1981. A new approach to the teaching of weak form. ELT Journal, 35 , 1, pp. 421-426.
      • Seymour, G. 1969. Practical English phonetics . London: Leonard Hill.
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Syllable_structure.png http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Syllable_structure.png
    • Thank You