Yokohama JALT:

Phonetic Features of British, American & Indian TV Newscasters' Speech and Responses of Listeners

Date: Sunday, June 12th, 2005 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Nidumolu Syamala, CIEFL (India)

This study deals with phonetic features of TV newscasters’ speech from the BBC, CNN, and Doordarshan (DD) and responses of the Indian students to these newscasts' intelligibility. Responses show that the RP (Received Pronunciation) versus US-style contrast is sharper than the Indian versus Foreign variety contrast. The Yokohama-JALT-meeting audience will be exposed to all three dialects for their input on intelligibility.
About the speaker: Nidumolu Syamala, PhD, is a Phonetics Researcher from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) in Hyderabad, India. She also worked as an assistant professor in India for 2 years.

Organization: Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Yokohama JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 Yen

Venue: Ginou Bunka Kaikan (Skills & Culture Center) near JR Kannai & Yokohama Subway Isezakichojamachi [See for details & a map]

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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