Md. Jahurul Islam Assistant Professor, Department of English

Research Interest

Acoustic and Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology, Laboratory Phonology, Sociophonetics, Quantitative Sociolinguistics, Language Variation

Conference Papers

Reliability of the acoustic measures of breathiness questioned: Case of Bengali vowels

This is the abstract of a conference presentation at Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL), 2014. The presentation slides may be downloaded from the download link below. 

 
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Journals Papers

Metacognitive language-learning strategies and language-learning motivation: A study on Bangla-speaking undergraduate EFL learners

Islam, M. J. & Aktar, T. (2011). Metacognitive language-learning strategies and language-learning motivation: A study on Bangla-speaking undergraduate EFL learners. Outlooks: VUB Studies in Language, Literature and Culture (ISSN 2079-7478), Vol. 1, No. 1. Page 130-148.

Language learning styles preferences: A study of Bangladeshi EFL learners

Islam, M. J. (2011). Language learning styles preferences: A study of Bangladeshi EFL learners. Harvest: Jahangirnagar University Studies in Language and Literature (ISSN 1729-8326), Vol. 26. Page 59-76.

Implementation of CLT in Bangladesh and Thailand: Problems and challenges

Islam, M. J. & Bari, I. S. (2012). Implementation of CLT in Bangladesh and Thailand: Problems and challenges. Outlooks: VUB Studies in Language, Literature and Culture (ISSN 2079-7478), Vol. 2. Page 48-66.

Use of Bangla in EFL classes: The reaction of the secondary level students and the teachers in Bangladesh

Islam, M. J. & Ahsan, S. (2011). Use of Bangla in EFL classes: The reaction of the secondary level students and the teachers in Bangladesh. ASA University Review (ISSN 1997-6925), Vol. 5, No. 2. Page 197-222.

Use of the stream of consciousness: A comparative study between As I Lay Dying and Death of a Salesman

Hadiuzzaman, K. M & Islam, M. J. (2010). Use of the stream of consciousness: A comparative study between As I Lay Dying and Death of a Salesman. Dhaka Commerce College Journal (ISSN 2220-3303), Vol. 3, No. 1. Page 58-61.

Books

Language learning strategies and EFL proficiency: A study of Bangladeshi undergraduates

Islam, M. J. (2012). Language learning strategies and EFL proficiency: A study of Bangladeshi undergraduates. Saarbucken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3659-15921-3.

Curriculum evaluation and students' attitude: Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Islam, M. J. & Sharmin, T. (2012). Curriculum evaluation and students' attitude: A study of Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. Saarbucken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-659-16293-0.

Workshops

Let's See What We Say: An Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics

This workshop was conducted in the Department of English, Jahanagirnagar University on June 26, 2014. 


The workshop was intended to provide a basic introduction to the acoustic analysis of speech sounds, more specifically measuring vowels from speech signals. Using the state-of-the-art software and techniques, the workshop tried to distinguish the features of speech sounds which go unnoticed to the human ears most of the time. Besides, a general overview of what acoustic phonetics is preoccupied with, it attempted to explain out how the measures of vowels qualities can be figured out from their speech signals.


Praat, a small and free, but hugely effective software, was used as the main tool for the workshop. The software can be downloaded from any of the following links: 


     www.praat.org 


     http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/


 By the end of the workshop, attendees were expected to be able to:


  - describe the basic qualities of vowels: first formant (F1) and the second formant (F2),


  - quantitatively distinguish between vowels in any languages, and


  - create their own vowel spaces by measuring and plotting F1 and F2 values .


 The workshop materials can be accessed here.


 

Others

Language of Wordsworth and his predecessors: 'Objective' reality of 'difference myth'

This is an unpublished paper (2014).

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Code-switching in Small Discourse Community of International Students: An Optimality- Theoretic Study of Bangla-English Bilinguals

This is an unpublished paper (2014). 

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