An investigation of read speech of Arabic students learning Turkish as a second language in terms of stress and pause

Serdar Derman, Mehmet Bardakçı, Mustafa Serkan Öztürk

Abstract


Although suprasegmental features are essential in conveying meaning, they are one of the neglected topics in teaching Turkish as a foreign language. This paper aims to examine read speech by Arabic students learning Turkish as a foreign language and describe their readings in terms of stress and pause. Within this framework, 34 Syrian students enrolled in Gaziantep University Turkish Teaching Application and Research Center (TÖMER) at B2 level were asked to read a text chosen from one of the books prepared for European language portfolio B2 level. The voice recordings of the student were carried out in a sound-treated room. Voice recordings were analyzed using Praat and Cool Edit software programs. Students’ stress and pause durations were compared and contrasted according to the criteria set by experts. The results showed that students’ stress and pause patterns showed statistically significant deviations from those criteria.  


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Turkish as a foreign language, suprasegmentals, stress, pause

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