A Suprasegmental Feature of English Adjectives in “The Beauty and the Beast”
Sinan Ameer Yousif, Salah Mahdi Yousif, Waleed Salman Salih
The study investigates syllable structure analysis of English adjectives in “The Beauty and the Beast".
The researchers construct the paper to include one unit. It discusses the notion of the syllable in English, types of a
syllable and the structure of the syllable. Also, it has a practical part; which in turns consists of methodology, data,
findings and conclusions. A tree diagram is used for the analysis of the syllables. For transcription, Cambridge
advanced dictionary is adopted. The researchers end up with the following concluding remarks:
1. The maximum syllable structure CCCVCCCC does not exist in the literary. The triggers the writing style the
dramatist has which does not include complexity and sophistication.
2. The dominant syllable structure of monosyllabic adjectives that are taken from the literary work is CVC. This is
part of the writing style that the dramatist follows in which he seeks simplicity and clarity. However, it is the least
frequency in disyllabic and polysyllabic adjectives.
3. The dominant syllable structure of disyllabic adjectives that are taken from the literary work is CV, while the
least dominant syllable structures are CVCC, CCVC and V. Again, this is due to the style of the dramatist.
4. The dominant syllable structure of polysyllabic adjectives that are taken from the literary work is CVC, while
the least dominant syllable structure is V.
5. The dramatist does not include in his work complicated adjective that includes three or more syllables. On the
contrary, the majority of the adjectives that he uses are monosyllabic.
Volume: Volume 24
Issues: Issue 3
Keywords: Syllable structure, onset, nucleus, coda, tree diagram