Syllabification of English Words by Pashto Speakers

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Syllabification of words plays a vital role in learning native like pronunciation. The present study tried to explore the syllabification of English words by Pashto speakers. The study aimed to put light on the problematic areas for Pashto speakers in terms of syllabification of English words. The data was collected from twenty undergraduate students and analyzed with reliable scientific tools. The analyzed data proved that English words having triphthongs were problematic for Pashto speakers. In addition to it, words having syllabic consonants were also problematic for Pashto speakers. Furthermore, words containing x in spelling also proved to be problematic for Pashto speakers. English words having the syllable structure CVC.VC were incorrectly syllabified CV.CVC. Pashto speakers faced problems in the identification of syllable boundaries in words where consonant clusters are used. The study recommends that Pashto speakers need proper training for learning correct syllabification of English words.


Lecturer, Department of English, Kohat University of Science and Technology, KP, Paksitan.

2-Ghani Rahman
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hazara University Mansehra, KP, Pakistan.

3-Arshad Ali Khan
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Communications, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.


English Words, Syllabification, Pashto Speakers

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Published: Mar 2020

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