International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 9, Part E (2016)
Pronunciation of specific vowel sounds by educated Ghanaians in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Kpeglo Samuel Bruce and Temadonku Godwin
This study was conducted in the University of Cape Coast as a field work on how educated Ghanaians pronounce some specific vowel sounds in English. Considering that Ghanaians are non-native speakers of English, there is the tendency of educated Ghanaians to pronounce some vowels in peculiar ways. There is also the tendency of a variety of pronunciations even by different educated Ghanaians. The focus of this study was to identify these specific pronunciations from educated Ghanaians of different language backgrounds and to find out the plausible causes for the varieties of pronunciation.
Thirty (30) speakers of English drawn from various ethnolinguistic backgrounds who are pursuing various masters’ programmes in the University of Cape Coast were used for this field work. The words containing the specific vowel sounds under study were provided on sheets of paper for these people to read. The pronunciations were then recorded on a tape and were later transcribed broadly. In each word pronounced by each participant, the vowel used (realized) was identified and compared with the native speaker pronunciation.
The instruments used were a tape recorder and an interview with individual participants giving comments on their difficulties (if any) of pronouncing the words. Based on the data collected and on the bases of the different language backgrounds of the respondents, it was revealed that different factors account for varieties in pronunciations, even in the speech of educated people from different ethnic backgrounds.
How to cite this article:
Kpeglo Samuel Bruce and Temadonku Godwin. Pronunciation of specific vowel sounds by educated Ghanaians in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(9): 331-339.