Makosa ya Kifonolojia Miongoni mwa Wanafunzi wa Kiigembe katika Ujifunzaji wa Kiswahili.
Kanake, Jackson Kimathi
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This study aims to investigate the major phonological errors committed by Kiswahili learners from Igembe in their learning of the Kiswahili Language. The study has applied the contrastive analysis theory. This is a theory in second language learning which compares two Languages to show their differences and similarities. The study focuses on secondary school students from four day secondary schools in Igembe South district of Eastern province in Kenya. This work is arranged in four chapters. Chapter one has the general introduction that outlines statement of the problem, objective of the study, rationale for the study and the scope of the study. Literature review, theoretical framework and the research designs are also highlighted. This study involved the use of questionnaires, interviews, storytelling and composition writing to collect data. The second chapter looks at the concept of phonology and the phoneme. Since the sound system is a key component in this study, the Kiswahili vowels and the consonants are looked at in this chapter. The same chapter also highlights on the phonetic inventory of the dialect under investigation which is Kiigembe as well as analyzing its influence in the learning of Kiswahili. Chapter three gives the data analysis and chapter four gives a summary of all the chapters in this work as well as the recommendations. The major findings in this study show that there is first language influence that is Kiigembe in learning of Kiswahili by students from the region under investigation. The findings indicate that this is majorly caused by the difference in structures of the two languages.