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'''Weak forms''' occur in [[stress-timed language]]s such as [[English]] when the word itself is not [[stress]]ed.  This makes such words tricky for untrained [[listen]]ers to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed [[strong form]].  
 
'''Weak forms''' occur in [[stress-timed language]]s such as [[English]] when the word itself is not [[stress]]ed.  This makes such words tricky for untrained [[listen]]ers to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed [[strong form]].  
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== Acceptability ==
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[[Native speakers]] sometimes think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case.  They are a perfectly natural part of the English language.
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Teachers, especially, should continue to use weak forms.  If teachers only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen".  This is a very bad form of [[teacher talk]] which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against.
  
 
The main words with weak forms in [[Received Pronunciation]] are:
 
The main words with weak forms in [[Received Pronunciation]] are:
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== Y ==
 
== Y ==
 
you
 
you
 
== Acceptability ==
 
 
Sometimes [[native speakers]] think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case.  They are a perfectly natural part of the English language.
 
 
Teachers, especially, should continue to use weak forms.  If teachers  only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen".  This is a very bad form of [[teacher talk]] which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against.
 
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 13:33, 15 June 2009

Template:Phonetics Weak forms occur in stress-timed languages such as English when the word itself is not stressed. This makes such words tricky for untrained listeners to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed strong form.

Acceptability

Native speakers sometimes think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case. They are a perfectly natural part of the English language.

Teachers, especially, should continue to use weak forms. If teachers only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen". This is a very bad form of teacher talk which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against.

The main words with weak forms in Received Pronunciation are:

A

a, am, an, and, are, as, at

B

be, been, but

C

can, could

D

do, does

F

for, from

H

had, has, have, he, her, him, his

J

just

M

me, must

O

of

S

shall, she, should, some

T

than, that, the, them, there, to

U

us

W

was, we, were, who, would

Y

you

See also

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