The perception of lexical stress in Malaysian English

Adnan, Ernie and Pillai, Stefanie and Chiew, Poh Shin (2020) The perception of lexical stress in Malaysian English. 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature, 26 (4). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0128-5157, DOI

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Malaysian English is described as a variety of English that lacks perceivable lexical stress. This, in turn, could affect its intelligibility to non-Malaysian listeners. This paper examines if lexical stress can be detected in Malaysian English. The findings were based on two listening tasks completed by 65 respondents from three neighbouring countries: Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. In the first task, they were required to listen to recordings of the Malaysian speakers, and mark the stressed syllables in the test words. In the second task, they wrote out the words they heard in the recordings. The findings indicate that most of the respondents were generally able to identify the stressed syllables in the test words. However, the more syllables a word had, the more difficult it was to identify the stressed syllable. Context was also an important factor as the listeners found it easier to identify, and make out the test words when they were placed in a sentence. Speakers who used less English in their daily interactions, and who declared a lower level of English proficiency had more difficulty identifying the stressed syllables, and making out the words being uttered by the Malaysian English speakers. © 2020 Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Education, Malaysia through a Federal Training Scholarship (Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan) for the Doctor of Philosophy Programme
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysian English;Lexical stress;Perception;Stressed syllable;Intelligibility
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2022 01:47
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 01:47

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