The Way South Vietnamese Pronounce English

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Santry, Petre Ann (1992) The Way South Vietnamese Pronounce English. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


Chapter 1 describes the subjects and the investigation procedure including the recorded interviews and equipment used. It also outlines the ten pronunciation lessons that were given. Chapter 2 is a short account of the phonemes of Australian English. Chapter 3 is an account of the phonemes of Vietnamese, summarising and comparing the analyses of Nguyen Dang Liem and Le Ba Thao (later form: Thao Le). Chapter 4 compares Australian English and South Vietnamese, discussing the postulated correspondence of the phonemes and predicting errors arising from L1 interference. Chapter 5 is a detailed analysis of the English sounds spoken by the subjects, including descriptions of the results of the first and second tests. This chapter comprises detailed analysis of the vowels, diphthongs, consonants and consonant clusters pronounced by the subjects. The bulk of this chapter could have been contained in an appendix. A reader may choose to read only the first few pages and then go on to chapter 6. Chapter 6 is a summary of the vowels, diphthongs and consonants analysed in chapter 5, but presented in a less detailed way, enabling easier access to the findings in chapter 5. This chapter is especially useful for those who want to concentrate on the main points. Chapter 7 gives some practical ideas for teachers of English pronunciation to Vietnamese people. Chapter 8 describes the statistical agreement tests. It includes the percentages of difficulties and improvements of the vowels, diphthongs and consonants calculated overall and in word position, and the difficulties of the individual students. Chapter 9 gives a description of the approxilect spoken by South Vietnamese speakers of English. It includes a consideration of predictable and non-predictable error types and provides some details about first language interference. Chapter 10 provides an acoustical analysis of the vowels of South Vietnamese

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Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Keywords pronunciation lessons; Vietnam; Australian English; English pronunciation
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