American English Consonant And Vowel Inventories

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A contrast of the Arabic vs. American English consonant and vowel inventories. Abdullah Alshahrani Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Abdullah34f@gmail.com A contrast of the Arabic vs. American English consonant and vowel inventories. Introduction According to Hillenbrand (2003) and Thelwall and Sa’Adeddin (1999), both the American English and Arabic languages have diverse forms and dialects respectively. Thelwall and Sa’Adeddin (1999), highlight the two main spoken Arabic dialects as Al-Shaam (spoken in the greater Syria) and Arabic spoken in Egypt (mainly focused at the University in Cairo and the Al-Azhar mosque). Hillenbrand (2003) gives two examples of American English dialects as the southern California dialect, and the dialect for the ‘Northern cities’ comprising cities in the northeast inland of the USA. As such, the phonetic characteristics between the various forms or dialects of a language may vary. One phonetic characteristic that might vary is the pronunciation. While language or communication can be written, speech communication remains one of the main ways in which human beings express themselves. As such, correct pronunciation of words is essential in effective communication. A breakdown of the pronounced words gives the individual components comprising of consonants and vowels. As such, the understanding of consonants and vowels is critical to the correct pronunciation of any word in any language. This paper focuses on

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