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    Dear Students,

    Graded Discussion Board for Eng507 will be opened from July 30-31, 2019.

    You can express your view on any one of the following topics:

    Read the following poem and reflect upon the different instances of the pronunciations NOT complying with the spellings and then share your ideas on the topic that follows the poem.

    The Chaos

    I take it you already know

    Of tough and bough and cough and dough?

    Others may stumble, but not you,

    On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?

    Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,

    To learn of less familiar traps?

    Beware of heard, a dreadful word

    That looks like beard and sounds like bird,

    And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead -

    For goodness sake don’t call it deed!

    Watch out for meat and great and threat

    (They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).

    A moth is not a moth in mother,

    Nor both in bother, broth in brother,

    And here is not a match for there

    Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,

    And then there’s dose and rose and lose -

    Just look them up - and goose and choose,

    And cork and work and card and ward,

    And font and front and word and sword,

    And do and go and thwart and cart -

    Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!

    A dreadful language? Man alive!

    I’d mastered it when I was five!

    (Gerard Nolst Trenité, 1922)

    How far do you agree with Gerard Nolst Trenité? Share similar instances from your experience of learning English.


    The students of phonetics and phonology (P&P) have different opinions about the subject; some find it interesting to deal with the sounds of the words while others may find it quite boring. Being a student of P&P, do you find the course interesting in comparison with the other courses you are currently studying?

    Write your own views about any one of the given topics. Your comments should NOT exceed 150-200 words.

    Read the following instructions carefully before posting your comments:

    GDB carries 3% weightage in your final assessment.
    Your comments should be clear, concise, and relevant to the topic.
    Creative and original ideas written in correct English will be highly appreciated.
    Any queries related to Graded Discussion Board (GDB) will not be entertained on the regular MDB.
    For questions or queries related to the topic, you may send email to [email protected].
    Do not send your comments via e-mail or regular MDB. The comments posted on the regular MDB will not be graded.
    Do not post your comments twice.
    No marks will be awarded for plagiarism.

    All the best,


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