A new look at suprasegmentals

  • Cristina Frodden Universidad de Antioquia
  • Maria McNulty Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: communicative method, suprasegmentals, word stress, intonation, phonethics teaching

Abstract

 The communicative method has been criticized because in stressing the negotiation of meaning and the speakers intentions, accuracy has become a minor goal. Accuracy implies attention to form, for example, correct grammar and correct style, vocabulary and pronunciation It is true that we can communicate even though we make these kinds of errors, however, too many mistakes may hinder comprehension. Good pronunciation should be a goal in any course that attempts at communicating effectively. Kenworthy is right when she states that "a person may eventually understand what someone has said, but if this has involved too much frustration and irritation resulting from constant repetitions, rephrasings, or checks on what has been said (i.e. too much pain') then the communication cannot be described as efficient" (1992,16).

How to reference this article: Frodden, C. & McNulty, M. (1997). A new look at suprasegmentals. Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura 1, 1(1-2). 101-116.

 

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Author Biographies

Cristina Frodden, Universidad de Antioquia
Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
Maria McNulty, Universidad de Antioquia
Escuela de Idiomas, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

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Published
1996-03-17
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Frodden C., & McNulty M. (1996). A new look at suprasegmentals. Íkala, 1(1-2), 101-116. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/8037
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