The Effect of Cluster Simplification in Thai on the English Language Learners


This research is aimed at studying the effect of the change in progress of spoken standard Thai in terms of true consonant cluster simplification on the Thai students learning English language. Thai language permits CC- with /k, kh, t, p, ph/ { ก, ข, ค, ต, ป, ผ, พ } in the first position and /r, l, j/ { ร, ล, ว } as the second consonant. The Cr- and Cl- are the consonant clusters that are facing the simplification in most of the speakers of Thai while Cj- remains intact. Subjects are 50 freshmen from Department of English, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand. They are asked to complete two tasks that are 1) Translate Thai words into English and 2) Short story-telling about their family. The results show that 89% of subjects simplified Cr- and Cl- clusters in English both writing and speaking which is the same phenomena in their native language.

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Napasri Suwanajote, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: IICAHHawaii2017
Stream: Humanities - Language, Linguistics

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