Volume 21, No. 2, 2024

A Comparative Analysis Of English And Igbo Segmental Phonology: Some Notable Problems

Dr. Benjamin-Franklin Chimaroke Nwokedinwoke , Dr. Eneremadu, Queen Easther Chioma , Duru lilian oluchi , Uchechi R. Ukaegbu


It is and established linguistic realities that when two languages come in contact, there is a tendency that the mother tongues or Li will certainly influence the second language in contact. For that reason, the work examines the comparative analysis of segmental phonology (vowel and consonant) of English and Igbo and identities areas of similarities that facilitate easy pronunciation and the difference that occasion the transfer of the phonological features of Igbo to the articulation of English sounds by the Igbo speakers of English. An oral interview was conducted in the interference from the mother tongue poses a great deal of articulation problem to Igbo users of English. Moreover, the problems arise from teachers as well as the students. Efforts are made to proffer possible solutions to these problems.

Pages: 92-118

Keywords: Like any other concept, language has many definitions. Atchison (1972) defines language as “a patterned system of arbitrary sound symbols, whose characteristics features of displacement, cultural transmission, productivity and duality are rare or absent

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