Omitting the “-Ed.” the Tendency of Native Spanish Adult Learners to Mispronounce the English Past Tense [email protected] Rs [Mrp:-1074]

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    Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies – Linguistics, grade: 1,3, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Language Acquisition, language: English, abstract: Native Spanish speakers tend to mispronounce or to omit the -ed morpheme when it comes to regular English verbs in simple past. (example: managed, arranged, crowded). It is important to remind oneself of the fact that “[t]he basic morphological unit, however, is not the word, but the morpheme […], the smallest meaning-bearing unit of a language” (Kortmann, Bernd. English Linguistics: Essentials). So, when the -ed morpheme is omitted the listener cannot discriminate whether the person speaking is talking in simple present or in simple past. This might lead to confusion and to serious misunderstandings. I personally found that native speakers of Spanish face serious problems when it comes to the pronunciation of English words. In all the months I spent in Spain I somehow thought about those difficulties that occur constantly and when giving English lessons to Spanish teenagers I finally came to the conclusion that I have to investigate at least one aspect of the phenomenon of the mispronunciation of English words by native speakers of Spanish.

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    Author Lea Lorena Jerns
    Binding Paperback
    EAN 9783668072466
    Format Import
    ISBN 3668072469
    Label Grin Verlag
    Manufacturer Grin Verlag
    NumberOfItems 1
    NumberOfPages 28
    ProductGroup Book
    ProductTypeName ABIS_BOOK
    PublicationDate 2015-10-26
    Publisher Grin Verlag
    Studio Grin Verlag
    Title Omitting the “-Ed.” the Tendency of Native Spanish Adult Learners to Mispronounce the English Past Tense Morpheme