ASSIGNMENT ON COMPARE ENGLISH PHONOLOGY WITH THE PHONOLOGY OF ANY NIGERIAN OR AFRICAN LANGUAGE
Question 1. Compare English phonology with the phonology of any Nigerian or African language
This is a comparative study of the phonology of English and Yoruba, which is aimed at finding out the phonological problems Nigerians learning English and Yoruba will encounter in their learning of English and Yoruba, respectively, as their second language. Nigeria being a multilingual nation. Speakers of different languages come in contact every day in such areas as business, office, market, school and worship centres. There is a need for one to learn an additional language apart from one’s mother tongue, that is, a Yoruba man, for instance, to speak, read, write and interact with an Igbo man or an Hausa man, or the other way round. This is where English phonology sets in as a second language that an average Yoruba man needs to use and communicate with another man from another tribe fluently.
2: Multilingualism is one of the linguistics features of African continent. Discuss.
The term multilingualism has gained so much prominence in recent years in linguistic context especially in African Continents. Multilingualism is often used to refer to two or more languages (Aronin & Singleton, 2008). Multilingualism, being a generic term is regarded as the main-stream position nowadays. Africa is the most multilingual continent in the world and there are very few countries with more than 90 per cent ethnic and linguistic homogeneity of population, where one African language is spoken by the people as a mother tongue, namely Somalia (Somali), Swaziland (Seswati), Botswana (Setswana), Burundi (Kirundi), Lesotho (Sesotho) and Rwanda (Kinyarwanda). Africa has a wide variety of sign languages, many of which are language isolates. Several African languages are whistled to communicate over long distances. Individual languages such as Berber, Arabic, Igbo, Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba are spoken by tens of millions of people.
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