STRESS IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC: A CONTRASTIVE STUDY
The present study investigates the notion of lexical stress in Arabic and English. It attempts to answer the question whether English has a different stress framework than Arabic. To answer this question, this paper is outlined to examine stress as a notion in addition to its types, patterns, and functions in both languages under investigation. Analysis of these notions, to find out contrasted as well as similar aspects of lexical stress in the two languages, is to be proposed. In the light of these results, conclusions are drawn out that, English stress varies in correspondence to different phonetic contexts and different speakers. In contrast, Arabic has fixed rules to place stress.
Keywords: Lexical Stress, Standard English, Standard Arabic, Syllable.