The Reduction of Speech Sounds in Connected Speech
The process of communication is very important to provide information to other persons. Communication can be broadly classified into verbal communication and non-verbal communication. Verbal communication includes written and oral communication whereas the non-verbal communication includes body language, facial expressions, visuals, diagrams, pictures, etc. used to communicate a message.
The term paper deals with the oral part of verbal communication. Oral communication refers to the spoken part in the communication process. Oral communication can be face-to-face communication, conversation over the phone, speech or interview on TV, radio etc. Spoken conversations are influenced by voice modulation, pitch, volume and even the speed and clarity of speaking.
“Today language students are considered successful if they can communicate effectively in the target language.” (Kramina 2000:65) It means that communicative skills are thought to be important. The success in communication depends on communicative competences. Communicative competence is what you know in order to be able to communicate effectively. (Thornbury 2006:37) It consists of three main components:
• Linguistic competences;
• Sociolinguistic competence;
• Pragmatic competences.
Each of the competences can be subdivided into more detailed competences. …
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