International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Effects of Native Language Saraiki on English Language Pronunciation
Prof Dr Nabi Bux Jumani, Rehana Rahman, Dr. Fazalur Rahman, Dr. Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Dr. Saeed-ul-Hassan Chishti

This study aimed to investigate the effects of native language Saraiki with reference to diphthongs and sentence stress on English pronunciation. The study was delimited to TEFL students of Allama Iqbal Open University enrolled in Diploma in TEFL. The sample of the study consisted of 38 students and 10 experts of the field. The study was empirical in nature where translational research method was applied. Recorded test for students and an opinionnaire for the language experts were used as tools. Recorded test consisted of eight diphthong sounds and five sentences for the check of sentence stress. Recorded test was measured on the software Praat. The study found that the students with Saraiki as their native language can pronounce English words containing diphthongs as accurately as they pronounce the words of Saraiki. But they cannot follow the correct pattern of sentence stress as Saraiki is a syllable timed language whereas English is stressed timed language. So, here Saraiki language interferes and makes no contribution in development of accurate stress pattern of an English sentence.

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