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Saturday, March 11 • 11:30 - 12:00
Consonant Gemination in Foreign Language Acquisition

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This paper reports on gemination in the pronunciation of English among Arab learners as in ‘collect’ > kul.likt and ‘correct’ > kur.rikt. Adopting an Optimality-Theoretic phonological framework, this study demonstrates that gemination is a purely phonological process and the role of spelling is minimal, if any.


Mohammed Nour Abu Guba

Sharjah University
Mohammed Nour Abu Guba is an English language lecturer at Sharjah University. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Salford University. His main interests are phonology phonetics.

Saturday March 11, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Executive Suite 4

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