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The influence of Czech on the production of English consonant clusters by Vietnamese EFL learners living in the Czech Republic
Nguyenová, Thi Lam ; Červinková Poesová, Kristýna (advisor) ; Lancová, Klára (referee)
The aim of this Bachelor thesis is to find out whether the knowledge of the Czech language influences the production of consonant clusters by Vietnamese speaking EFL learners living in the Czech Republic. The theoretical part focuses on the phenomenon of language transfer and compares English, Vietnamese and Czech syllable structure and consonant clusters. The practical part contains a perceptual analysis of recordings produced by two groups - EFL learners living in Vietnam and Vietnamese EFL learners living in the Czech Republic.
Production of weak forms of prepositions by non-native speakers of English
Kozáková, Tereza ; Červinková Poesová, Kristýna (advisor) ; Malá, Markéta (referee)
This bachelor thesis aims to reveal and describe to which extent non-native speakers of English from different L1 backgrounds employ weak forms when producing prepositions. The theoretical part focuses on vowel reduction and its importance for the natural rhythm of English. This concept is further explored from the Lingua Franca Core perspective and its approach to teaching vowel reduction. In the practical part, the analysis of a series of recordings is carried out. The recordings were taken from the L2-ARCTIC speech corpus of non-native English (Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese). The purpose of the analysis is to explore whether and how speakers with different L1s reduce vowels in canonically weak forms of prepositions. The focus is placed on the quality and quantity of vowels in said prepositions and their duration with regard to their occurrence in either initial or medial positions. The average vowel duration is then compared to the referential vowel duration in General British. KEY WORDS ELF, prepositions, vowel duration, schwa, vowel reduction, weak forms
Attitudes of Czechs towards Individual English Accents
Iatsun, Valeriia ; Lancová, Klára (advisor) ; Červinková Poesová, Kristýna (referee)
The dissertation is focused on the description of the distinctive phonetic and phonological aspects of the Manchester, New Zealand and Irish accents. The theoretical part contains a comprehensive description of the segmental and suprasegmental features of the above mentioned accents in contrast with British Standard/Received Pronunciation. The practical part contains the recordings of native speakers from Manchester, Dunedin, Glasgow and Newsbury. It is followed by a research conducted in the form of a questionnaire, whose answers should help to discover the Czech students' attitude towards individual accents. Key Words Manchester, New Zealand, Irish and British accents
Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence through Reading Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider
Míková, Barbora ; Topolovská, Tereza (advisor) ; Červinková Poesová, Kristýna (referee)
This thesis concerns the development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) through reading a work of postcolonial literature (The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, 2005) in an English class. The theoretical part explains notions such as intercultural communicative competence and culture. It also describes the benefits of reading in ELT. The practical part presents a project consisting of altogether twelve lessons dedicated to reading The Whale Rider. The aim of the project is to support the pupils' development of ICC, make them aware of other English-speaking cultures than just the traditionally presented ones and, last but not least, to develop their language skills. The outcome of the project is, besides the expected raised level of ICC, which is, however, hard to measure, a poster about Maori culture realized by the pupils. KEY WORDS intercultural communicative competence, postcolonial literature, reading, English language teaching, The Whale Rider
Analysis of English and French True Friends (Vrais Amis) in a Corpus of Authentic Text Samples
Pípalová, Mariana ; Lancová, Klára (advisor) ; Červinková Poesová, Kristýna (referee)
This PhDr. dissertation provides a parole analysis of vrais amis (true counterparts) in current French and current English. To this end a specialized English-French translation corpus was assembled, composed of three subcorpora equal in length, namely Religious, Political and Fiction discourse, amounting altogether to approximately 60,000 words. With the help of the AntConc computer tool, true friends employed in the corpus were generated, here conceived of as a register-specific phenomenon exclusively. Using the frequency criteria, a "central setˮ of 64 most frequent counterparts was delineated. These central counterparts, marked by (almost) identical frequencies, identical contexts and the same registers, were subjected to a multiaspectual analysis, scrutinizing the pronunciation, spelling, word classes, share of derivation, and frequency of both, the types and the tokens. Since English proved to be the borrowing language in all instances, the research also indirectly addressed the degree of their integration in the English lexicon by reference to frequency bands. For most of the researched aspects, three zones of counterparts were identified, namely those exhibiting identity, close similarity and relative difference. As a result, employing the Theory of Centre and Periphery (Daneš 1966), we may...

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