ENG507 Assignment 1 Solution and Discussion


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    MAELT
    Phonetics and Phonology (Eng507)

    Fall 2019
    Assignment No. 1
    Total Marks: 20
    Lectures: 1-12

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    Q1a. A phoneme is the smallest meaningful unit of sound (therefore, a smallest unit in phonology) in a language. Phoneme is also described as a group of sounds having the ability to change meaning. Write down the phonemic transcription of the following words in RP; also identify and write the number of phonemes each word carries.

    Sr. Words Phonemic Transcription in RP Number of Phonemes
    1 Six
    2 Scissosrs
    3 Lamb

    Q1b. Bear and bare are spelt differently but pronounced the same, ‘beǝ’ in Received Pronunciation (RP). Make a list of four other pairs of words which are spelt differently but pronounced in the same way. (6+4=10 Marks)

    Q2. ‘θ’ and ‘ð’ are the confusing fricatives for English language learners. Transcribe the following words by identifying the correct fricative phoneme in each word.

    Sr. Words Transcription
    1 breathe
    2 healthy
    3 bathe
    4 clothe
    5 teeth
    6 loathe
    7 smooth
    8 earthy
    9 loath
    10 wreath

    (1*10=10 Marks)


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    Sr. Words Transcription
    1 breathe brið
    2 healthy hɛlθi
    3 bathe beð
    4 clothe kloð
    5 teeth tiθ
    6 loathe loð
    7 smooth smuð
    8 earthy ərθi
    9 loath loθ
    10 wreath riθ

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    Sr. Words Phonemic Transcription in RP Number of Phonemes
    1 Six Sics 2
    2 Scissosrs n/a 0
    3 Lamb Lam 2


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