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ASSESSING AND ENHANCING NON-NATIVE SPEAKER’S INTELLIGIBILITY IN SENTENCE INTONATION WITH PRAAT SOFTWARE AS A CALL TOOL

*KHALED KORDI TAMANDANI

RESEARCH SCHOLAR (ELT), DEPT. OF ENGLISH, ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, INDIA

E-MAIL: KHALEDKORDI@GMAIL.COM

**MEHRNAZ JAHANSHAHI

RESEARCH SCHOLAR (ELT), DEPT. OF ENGLISH, ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, INDIA

E-MAIL: JAHANSHAHI.MEHRNAZ@GMAIL.COM

 

Abstract: English is definitely considered as one of the most recognizable and globally spoken languages. Nowadays It is inevitably a part of the cultural and social education of several countries and communities. The Use of CALL(Computer Assisted Language Learning) and its relative software has become a new platform for learning different English language skills such as reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Correct pronunciation always leads to better intelligibility which is an important factor for a non-native speaker. Sentence intonation is a prosodic feature of English language. The proper use of intonation in English can assist the learners in a better understanding of different aspects of English language such as accent reduction and sufficient vocabulary build up. Using proper intonation can assist a non-native English learner to speak more intelligible while communicating in English. For the assessment of a non-native speaker’s intelligibility in using intonation, Praat voice analyzer software is a great and ideal CALL tools to be used. Praat is a free scientific computer software for the analysis of speech in phonetics. It is capable of analyzing human voice in various forms such as; pitch analysis, spectrogram analysis, waveform analyses, and, etc. Praat is one the most beneficial voice analyzer software that is being used by many linguists for different research purposes.

Keywords: Intelligibility, intonation, Praat, Non-Native Speakers, CALL

journal of english

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