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ACADEMICIA: An International Multidisciplinary Research Journal
Year : 2020, Volume : 10, Issue : 11
First page : ( 2239) Last page : ( 2245)
Online ISSN : 2249-7137.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2249-7137.2020.01578.5

Classification of phonological oppositions of unstressed vowels in English

Nasimovich Radjabov Nasir

Associate Professor, Foreign Language Department of the Military Technical Institute, National Guard of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Doctor of Philosophy on Philological Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Email id: nasirnasimovich@mail.ru

Abstract

The classification of phonological oppositions was originally developed by N.S. Trubetskoy, the founder of the Prague Phonological School, whose ideas are explained on the example of the German language. Linguists such as V.A. Vasilev, A. Abduazizov classified phonological oppositions on the example of English. Those classifications refer to the stressed position of the vowels. This study is devoted to the problem of classification of phonological oppositions of English unstressed vowel phonemes. The purpose of this study is to explore the extent of forming phonological oppositions of English vowel phonemes in the unstressed position and to classify the identified phonological oppositions. While carrying out of this study, a comparative method was used to compare vowel phonemes with each other, and a descriptive method was used to express their specific features. In the study, simple and complex classifications of phonological oppositions of English unstressed vowels have been developed. The study concludes that distinguishing between simple and complex classifications of phonological oppositions of unstressed vowels is important from both theoretical and practical viewpoints.

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Keywords

A Vowel System, Stressed Vowels, Unstressed Vowels, Phonemes, Phonological Oppositions, One-Dimensional Oppositions, Multidimensional Oppositions.

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