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Phonological Investigation Into Students’ Mispronunciation Of English Words Containing Phonemes Absent In Indonesian

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Arif Rahman, Ahmad Idris Asmaradhani, Sutarto



Potential phonemes, phonological deviations, Received Pronunciation



English phonemes that are absent in the learners’ native language are seen as the sources of difficulties. To articulate them, learners need to place their articulators in such positions in order to produce sounds that are similar or at least close to being similar to those phonemic of target language. In such process, learners might produce phonemes that deviate from the Received Pronunciation which may thus disrupt the process of communication. So far little attention has been paid to phonological deviations in the subject of Pronunciation Practice. This study is intended to investigate the case by analyzing the learners’ phonological deviations. Ten fifth semester students of English Education Department of UNDIKMA Mataram participated in the study. Data were obtained by recording and transcribing their pronunciation of the words containing the potential English phonemes absent in Indonesian. Analysis was made by comparing the broad transcriptions between the students’ pronunciations and the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary. Results showed that there are many deviations in the students’ pronunciations of the words containing potential English phonemes absent in Indonesian. Based on the findings it is suggested that the subject of Pronunciation Practice and (Introduction to) English Phonology should consider materials that include such absent phonemes intensively in the weekly meetings.



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