A Comparative Analysis of the Albanian and British English Vowel System

  • Lenida Lekli PhD, “Aleksandër Xhuvani” University, English and German Language Department, Albania


:Analyzing the complexity of the articulatory process of the vowels in Albanian and English language is of crucial importance in distinguishing their unique phonetic and phonological properties. The standard Albanian vocalic system includes seven vowels, unlike the standard British English vowel system which consists of five vowels. Drawing points of similarity and differentiation between the vowel systems of the two languages requires detailed analysis regarding the degree of opening and the position of the tongue in the vowel tract. Therefore the purpose of this paper is to highlight differences and similarities of the vowel system (monophthongs) between standard Albanian language and British English. The seven Albanian vowels considerably differ from their five English counterparts, not only by their degree of opening but even by their placement concerning the horizontal movement of the tongue, which can be observed by examining the two vowel charts of both languages. The Albanian vowel system is displayed through a triangle, meanwhile the English vowel system is a schematic arrangement of vowels into a quadrilateral.Thus analyzing their properties by using a comparative approach regarding vowels articulation in both languages would help in generating a clear picture of their common and distinguishing characteristics.
Jun 29, 2019
How to Cite
LEKLI, Lenida. A Comparative Analysis of the Albanian and British English Vowel System. European Journal of Language and Literature, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 53-57, june 2019. ISSN 2411-4103. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejls/article/view/4361>. Date accessed: 17 july 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejls.v5i2.p53-57.