What is a Phonetic Analysis?

To effectively teach English speaking skills, it is necessary to determine your specific areas of pronunciation difficulty.  The Phonetic Analysis is based on the traditional classification of speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  The IPA is the system commonly used for research and language teaching purposes and includes symbols for most of the World's languages.


CLASSIFICATION EXAMPLES
AS IN...
Stops
peak, bush, pad
Nasals
ham, new, knack
Frictions
zoo, off, push
Front Vowels
eat, sit, back
Dipthongs
cow, far, like

The purpose of this analysis is to summarize the responses and to identify your particular patterns of speech errors.  This is the reason we record your speech.  After the recording is completed, we listen carefully to your speech sounds and transcribe them into phonetic symbols.  Next, we compare your pronunciations with those of standard American English.  When this comparison is finished, we can see exactly how your pronunciation patterns differ from standard English.

Here is an example of what part of a personal phonetic analysis might look like:

STOPS
Unvoiced        Voiced
INITIAL CONSONANTS
Error Sounds Produced
FINAL CONSONANTS
Error Sounds Produced
/p/     
Distortion   usually

/b/  

/p/          usually
/t/

omit         always
/d/

/t/  or  omit           occasionally
/k/
/k=/   always

/g/

/k/            50%



The column on the left lists the sound classification that is being evaluated.  The other two columns indicate the client's production of that sound and how often it occurs (occasionally, 50%, usually, or always). 


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