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Title: A. CmtTAP..ATIVE STUDY OF E1'1CLISH AND OROMO SF(,~NT1\L PHOrE~~F.S WITH ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR TEl-CHINe ENGLISP AB A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Authors: Italo, Beriso
Advisors: Dr. Tilahun Gamta
Copyright: Jun-1988
Date Added: 23-Nov-2012
Abstract: The rrain objective of this st udy was to find out the difficulties Orowo learners of fn~lish ~ay have in pronouncing certain Enqlish sounds. Accordinq to Contrastive Analvsis (CA) hynothesis, in learning the pronunciation of a second lanquag~ we tend to pronounce the fioreLrtn sounds accorrtt no to the ohono Loqf.ce I SystE)IDof our mother tongue Q whi ch roe ans that W0 replace them by the nearest sounds in our native lanquaqe. This is so becauseQ in listenino to the tarcret lanouaqe we hear the foreign sounds as if t.hey were ratLve S011n0.s. C~ claims that a second larauaae learner May find his target lanquaqe difficult or relativelv easy. In the realm of phorio Looy the difficulty of ('l second Lanq uaqo t3.ependsboth on the sounds thewselves and on i:heir ahility to combine. To verify this clairr of C]:l empirically, 62 native sneakers (If 0romo were given -Cwo tests: discrimination and nroductior tests. The discrirniration test was aimed at finding out the difficulties these subjects l""'ay have in discrirninatina cetween Fnqlish sounds in ITIini~alnairs. The objective of: the producti_on test wee t.o vf i nd out whe tihe r 'the sub jects could produce the sounds T4I7hiGh thev discriminated or o+he rwtse , The results of this study reveaI thai: the subject.swere found to be better in discrirr:inationthan in nzoduc t.Lon, ffost ~ ii - of thG sounds that caused prob l.erns for the s ubj ect.a were categories that are non~existent in Ororoo such as /8, 3, n, az /, diphthonas and consonant clusters. In some case s , sounds which were eas Ll.y discriminated and produced in the initial positions were found to be trouhlesome in final positions. In qeneral, areas of diff~renc~s between the phonemic systems of the two languages caused ore a+er Clifficulties for the subjects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3927
Appears in:Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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