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A teacher has to give due attention to it along with everything else. Pronunciation is not based on spelling. Language is primarily an oral phenomenon and in many respects but not in every respect the written form can be considered as a kind of representation of the spoken.
Using proper strong form and weak form can help you to speak English more fluently. As a rule, the weak form turns the vowel to be muted. For example, take a look at these sentences:. The weak form is usually used in everyday English conversation , especially when speaking fast. But there are many situations you have to speak in strong form for the followings:.
This weeks blog post is about strong forms and weak forms of words and how they help to make the language we speak more intelligible. Weak forms occur on small, less important words like prepositions and articles that link the operative, key content words of a sentence together things like verbs, adverbs, adjectives or nouns. These weak form words are what we call function words , and typically they are words such as:. See Wikipedia on this for more detail. These function words have strong forms which are pronounced with their dictionary form—this is the pronunciation we use when we talk about the word.
Weak form and strong form
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. As teachers of English Phonetics and Phonology we have perceived that our students -Spanish-speakersface a number of difficulties when dealing with the perception and production of reduced forms of structure words. Save to Library. Create Alert. Launch Research Feed. Share This Paper.
The strong/weak syllable distinction in English.
Strong and weak syllables in English can be distinguished on the basis of vowel quality, of stress, or of both factors. Critical for deciding between these factors are syllables containing unstressed unreduced vowels, such as the first syllable of automata. In this study 12 speakers produced sentences containing matched sets of words with initial vowels ranging from stressed to reduced, at normal and at fast speech rates. Measurements of the duration, intensity, F0, and spectral characteristics of the word-initial vowels showed that unstressed unreduced vowels differed significantly from both stressed and reduced vowels. This result held true across speaker sex and dialect.
Grammatical words are words that help us construct the sentence but they don't mean anything: articles, prepositions, conjunctions, auxiliary verbs, etc. These words have no stress, and so they are weakened. That weakened form is called "weak form" as opposed to a "strong form", which is the full form of the word pronounced with stress.
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