Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture and Education 2015
ISBN 978-967-13140-7-4

How Do Foreign Students apprehend Indonesian Speech Sounds? (An Experimental Phonetic Study)

Ichwan Suyudi, Debyo Saptono

Gunadarma University, Indonesia


Prosody refers to intonation of the spoken language in linguistic field. It is a broad concept, consists of some features such as tempo, time, accent, stress, timbre (Arnfield, 1994). These research goals are to (1) know the characteristic of phonetically system such as vocal pronunciation of foreign speakers; (2) describe the foreign speaker pronunciation based on the produced articulation pronunciation and articulation place. The research method is experimental phonetic (IPO approach) using PRAAT software. The result research shows various sounds in some analyzed samples. The foreign learners of Indonesian language often make errors in producing Indonesian words. Those errors are caused by some difficulties, such as (1) difficulty in learning how to produce foreign sounds in speech organ itself; (2) the sound distribution of the proper sound spoken for a word and in the context of the spoken word; (3) the fluency, that is a ability in pronunciation of all set of sound (group of sounds) easily and fast; (4) the relation between conventional pronunciation and spelling.


prosody, IPO, PRAAT, foreign student

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