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Suprasegmentals

So, have you ever heard of suprasegmentals? No, they’re not the newest superhero team in town. Suprasegmentals are:

  • the features of speech which extend over more than one segment, such as intonation, stress, linking, and pausing.
  • Short-term courses should focus more on suprasegmentals because they have the greatest impact on the comprehensibility of the learners’ English.
  • After all, the goal of pronunciation teaching is to foster communicative effectiveness.

In normal (regular) speech, people don’t pronounce each word as a separate, individual unit. The words blend together, change, and are shortened. This is not sloppy, lazy, or incorrect. It’s just normal, natural speech.

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