Elision as a Phonological Property of English and Kurdish

Abstract

Since this study deals with phonology it is essential to explain what it means. Phonology is the science that deals with the description of sounds and how they function in a particular language showing the relationships among the different phonemes. As a matter of fact, it tries to analyze the restrictions and regularities found in particular language .Hayman (1975: 2) gives a similar definition to phonology. He states that it is a scientific study of the sound system in a particular language showing how speech sounds structure and function to enable speakers to use their language for the purpose of communication.In fact, phonology deals with sound properties such as consonant clusters, assimilation, linking merging, (coalescence) and elision in a given language . So, linking for example, deals with the use of the glides /j/ or /w/ or the intrusive /r/ to replace the glottal stop (Hassan, 1989: 134). Thus it avoids the (v + v)(1) sequence, . Elision, on the other hand, is the omission of a vowel or a consonant or even a whole syllable in certain cases. It is characteristic of rapid colloquial speech. Since languages that belong to the same family seem to have similar phonological properties, it is not surprising to find that English, which is a member of the Indo – European languages as well as Bahdinani Kurdish (BK).