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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF SPELLING AND SOUND IN ENGLISH AND IGBO LANGUAGES

CHAPTER ONE

 INTRODUCTION 
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
 The nature, structure, conventions and inconsistencies inherent in spelling and sound in English create problems for Igbo spellers of English as a second language. It is this singular factor and how to reduce its effect to the barest minimum that gave rise to this research. Generally, language serves the basic function of communication. But the status and the extent of use a language is put determines its function in a geographical setting. English is the world’s most widely used language. It has three main categories of use. The first is the use of English as a native language or mother tongue; the second is the use of English as a second language and the third is the use of same as an official language. English is used in a second language situation in countries of such divergent background as Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Uganda, and Kenya etc owning to their colonization by the imperialists. The language is highly regarded in these countries because it is viewed as the greatest legacy of the British colonial masters. As such, it is the language of education, politics, commerce and other social functions, especially where such socials cut across cultures. The pride of place accorded the English language in Nigeria makes the learning and the use of the language compulsory for anyone who wants to be kept abreast of the on-goings of the world over. It is the only voice with which Nigerians are heard beyond her vicinity. A Nigerian learner is bound to encounter problems in the course of learning the language because, he/she is a bearer of two language traditions as Akwanya (84) posits, that is, “ the Igbo language tradition and the English language tradition.” The problem as Ngonebu (19) notes, may arise due to two main factors: These problems may arise due to extra-lingual factors and intra–lingual factors. Extra lingual problems arise from factors that are not directly related to the language being learned. Intra-lingual problems originate from the nature of the second language itself. Igbo language is deemed ideal for the comparison because English is the second language of Igbo native speakers. Also, the sound and the spelling patterns of Igbo and English are not exactly the same. The presumption here is the already existence of the linguistic features of a language -Igbo, which is their native language. So, added to the internalized features and structures of the native language is the linguistic features of the second language. The learner therefore has to learn new sets of words, sound and spelling patterns. This entails an acquisition of new habits of thought, Akwanya (84).

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Number of Pages70 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
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