LA PRESPOSITION FRANCAISE: ETUDE DES CONTRAINTES D’EMPLOI CHEZ L’APPRENANT IGBOPHONE

AUTHORS: SCHOLASTICA U. EZEODILI AND EMMANUEL O. EZEANI

 FROM UJAH- UNIZIK JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES VOL 13 NO. 2, 2012

PUBLISHED BY FACULTY OF ARTS

NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA     

The competence of a native speaker of Igbo language in the learning of French language is hindered by several linguistic factors. Lack of a solid knowledge of the structure of French language constitutes, a priori, a problem for the Igbophone. The learner consequently encounters series of difficulties ranging from insufficient expression, morphosyntactic problem, to the inability to distinguish French phonemes from Igbo tonemes. Mastery of the semantics, snytax, phonology and phonetics is fundamental to communication in French (L3). Consequently, in learning French, the problems facing the igbophone derives from the interference of the structure and sounds of Igbo (L1) with those of English (L2), and with those of French (L3). Every native speaker possesses intuitive knowledge of the mother tongue. The competence of a native speaker represents his ability’ to produce and arrange the linguistic elements pertaining to the rules of the language. Such rules describe the speaker’s spontaneous knowledge of the principles governing the construction of sentences in the mother tongue. In the present communication. the morphosyntax of preposition has been examined in the two languages in order to discover the problems encountered by the Igbo learner of the French preposition

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