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This brochure explains in lay terms what an accent is and how it occurs, focusing on how learners of English-as-a-Second-language come to have what is perceived as an accent. It begins with an explanation of two kinds of accent: that of a non-native speaker and that of a speaker from a particular region in which a language is spoken. The second section examines why foreign speakers have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds in a new language, with examples offered from a variety of native languages. In the third section, the reasons that some sounds appear harder to pronounce than others are discussed. A final section looks at which languages are most difficult to learn, and why. (MSE)

Descriptors: Dialects, English (Second Language), Language Patterns, Language Variation, Languages, Phonology, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Transfer of Training

Author: Birner, Betty, Ed.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6011&id=ED426604

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