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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Use of Speech Analysis Software for the Teaching of English Intonation Add Dissertation
Author: Nawel Bengrait Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Badji-Mokhtar Annaba, Algeria, Doctoral School
Completed in: 2018
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics; Phonetics;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Naima Hamlaoui

Abstract: Speech-related technologies for the representation of prosody are increasingly integrated in second language teaching and learning. The present research is built on the hypothesis that the employment of speech analysis programs Speech Analyzer and Praat can investigate the connection between the processes of EFL Algerian students’ production and perception of English intonational patterns and the extent to which Algerian Arabic interferes in these processes. This study deals with the students’ recognition and provision of specific audio-visual feedback of the rendered tonal categories during the third semester of second year phonetics course, at the Department of English, University of Guelma 8 Mai 1945, Algeria. To fulfill this objective, a Mixed Methods Research was adopted to combine a test (N= 26), a questionnaire (N= 26), a quasi-experiment (N= 10) with second year students (and N= 6 American native speakers of English from University Diderot-Paris7), and semi-structured interviews conducted with teachers (N= 12) of the same department. To these four main tools, a pedagogical evaluation of signal analysis and Computer-Aided Pronunciation programs of Pronunciation Power, Rosetta Stone, BetterAccent Tutor, RTPitch, Speech Analyzer, and Praat has been added. The findings confirm the hypothesis and provide evidence that intonation-based learning programs Speech Analyzer and Praat are beneficial in promoting EFL learners’ comprehensibility and oral proficiency. These findings highlight the importance of these educational tutorials that serve the intent of our teachers and learners.

Keywords: Intonation, signal analysis software, speech audio-visualization.