Evidence

The evidence of everyday speech shows that the patterns of the stream of speech pull words out of shape. That is, the stream of speech changes the soundshapes that are given in the dictionary, often making them unrecognisable to learners. The speaker’s choice of which words to highlight has consequences for the sound-shapes of the words around them.

Click on the titles below, to go to see a page of evidence and commentary. These pages contain interactive soundfiles (‘you see, you click, you hear’).

Murray Walker
It’s safer, but …

Murray Walker pulls the word ‘safer’ out of shape.


I read in a …

Thirteen words spoken at 400 words per minute.

Travis
We cover like …

Travis describes his studies. The word ‘like’ appears six times.


‘Where’…
Words recognised when written, are not recognised when heard.


‘Produce(d)’…

Words recognised when written, are not recognised when heard.


‘Student(s)’…

Words recognised when written, are not recognised when heard.


        

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