Features of Russian affricate production by Native English speakers

Eduard Sviridenko


Along with the sounds that are characterized by stable articulation, the languages of the world have complex sounds in the production of which speech organs gradually change their position from the one that is peculiar to the production of the initial element to the position peculiar to the next element or elements. Phonemic interpretation of affricates is one of the most difficult phonological issues that goes back to the general problem of dividing the flow of speech into the minimum elements. To speak a foreign language, the pronunciation is as important as the development of vocabulary, grammar, etc. Native English speakers often assess Russian as a very difficult language to learn. Does that mean that the acquisition of Russian affricates will be complex for Native English speakers? The analysis of the data indicates the tendency to replace Russian affricates by Native English speakers.


English; Russian; Affricates; Production

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