Problems in pronouncing the English voiceless palatal fricative consonantal sound encountered by the eighth semester students of the English Department at a private University in East Java

Weni, Tabita Melania Mustaka (2018) Problems in pronouncing the English voiceless palatal fricative consonantal sound encountered by the eighth semester students of the English Department at a private University in East Java. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Pronunciation, one of the language components in learning English, becomes one of the most important things students need to learn in order to master English well and become fluent in communicating in English with others. In reality, sometimes it is not easy for Indonesian learners to pronounce English words properly and tend to make mistakes since there are English sounds which do not exist in their native language. One of the English sounds that do not exist in Bahasa Indonesia is the sound [ʃ] which seems to be a problem for many Indonesian learners to pronounce. This study is to find out the problems in pronouncing the voiceless palatal fricative consonant which are encountered by the eighth semester students of the English Department at a private university in East Java. The subjects in this qualitative descriptive case study were 10 eighth semester students of the English Department at a private university in East Java. The data of this study were taken from the errors of the subjects’ pronunciation of the voiceless palatal fricative consonant. The writer analyzed the errors by identifying the errors in the manner of articulation, place of articulation, and voicing for the individual words; and the errors in initial and final positions for the cluster. The results of the data analysis show that there are several pronunciation errors which indirectly indicate that the subjects have problems in pronouncing the English voiceless palatal fricative consonant. Errors in the individual [ʃ] are related to Place of Articulation, Manner of Articulation, Place and Manner of Articulation, Voicing, and Miscellaneous errors. Errors in the cluster with [ʃ] are errors in pronouncing the sound in the initial position, final position, and miscellaneous errors. The problems they encountered, starting from the most to the least, were the problem with (1) the place of articulation, (2) cluster with [ʃ] at the final position, (3) cluster with [ʃ] at the initial position, (4) manner of articulation, (5) miscellaneous error in the individual [ʃ], (6) voicing, (7) place of articulation and manner of articulation, and (8) miscellaneous error in cluster with [ʃ]. In conclusion, there were problems encountered by the eighth semester students of the English Department at a private university in East Java in pronouncing the English voiceless palatal fricative consonant. However, further analysis shows that the problems they encountered happen not because they could not pronounce the sound correctly, but rather because they were careless or unaware of how to pronounce the words correctly.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problems, Pronunciation, Voiceless Palatal Fricative
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: Tabita Melania
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 04:44
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 04:44
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/15221

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