Phonological Analysis of Isochrony in English Speech

  • Suaad Abd ul-Rahman Eltaif General Directorate of Education in Salah Addin



   This study aims at  illustrating  the concept of isochrony ,determination  its phonological units  ,  emphasizing   the existence  and  the role of this phenomenon.

    Isochrony refers to the occurrence of stressed syllables at equal time intervals through an utterance. This term is used  to specify the rhythm features.

    Many experiments have been applied by the specialists to find a vivid clue about the presence of isochrony in production. They found modicum assent about the actuality of its principles. They assure its existence at perceptual level.

    The term ''perceptual isochrony'' includes a role in two significant   psycholinguistic styles ''underlying spoken'' and written word comprehension , which are word segmentation and lexical access .Isochrony cannot be  neglected because it forms  the standard of  rhythmic system of  English.

   Finally,  there is a relationship between isochrony and syntax because the reading of ambiguous sentence requires accurate effort and attention to the meaning during the time of reading.

Oct 12, 2021
How to Cite
ELTAIF, Suaad Abd ul-Rahman. Phonological Analysis of Isochrony in English Speech. Journal of Language Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 4, p. 183-194, oct. 2021. ISSN 2616-6224. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2021. doi: