A Linguistic Discourse on the Nature of Sound Production

Godwin F. Akpan


This paper, a linguistic Discourse on the nature of sound of production attempts a descriptive overview of the English speech sounds. The paper recognizes that sounds are not visual but auditory and that a proper understanding of these sounds will enhance the communicative needs of the user of English especially in ESL situation in Nigeria. The paper also identifies the lips, the mouth, the teeth, the hard palate, the soft plate, the tongue, the lungs, the pharynx and the larynx as the important organs which play salient roles in speech production. Finally, it concludes that sound production can take a lot of forms depending on the place and manner of articulation.


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