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Phonetic is the study of speech sounds. It is divided into acoustic, auditory and articulatory phonetics.

This research falls under articulatory phonetics where we examine the places and manners of articulatory as well as air stream mechanism. Below is the comparative study of English language and Igbo language phonetics sound represented phonetically and phonemically. All the Igbo consonant sounds: /m/ n n p b t d k g f v s z sh h ch j l y w nw ny gh gw kp gb kw [m] n p b dt d k g f v s z h t d l j w n g kp k

(1) The Igbo consonant sound that cannot be found in English language

nw ny gh gw kp gb kw

n voice labio alveolar nasal voice palatal alveolar nasal voice palatal alveolar fricative g voice labio velar plosive kp voiceless labio velar implosive voice labio velar implosive k voiceless labio velar plosive

The following are all sounds find in English language: /m/ n ng p b t d k g f v th th s z sh h ch j l r y w [m] n p b t d k g f v s z h t d l r j w voiced bilabial nasal voiced alveolar nasal voiced velar nasal voiceless bilabial plosive voiced bilabial plosive voiceless alveolar plosive voiced alveolar plosive voiceless velar plosive voice velar plosive labio dental voiceless fricative voiced labio dental fricative voiceless dental fricative voiced dental fricative voiceless alveolar fricative voice alveolar fricative voiceless palatal alveolar fricative voiceless glottal fricative voiceless palatal alveolar affricate voice palatal alveolar affricate voice alveolar lateral voice alveolar trill voice palatal approximant voice labial-velar

(2) The English sound that cannot be found in Igbo language th th voiceless dental fricative voiced dental fricative

VOWELS SOUNDS English 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. i: a u u: : close (v) half close (v) half open (v) open (v) open (v) open (v) half open (v) half close (v) close (v) open (v) half open (v) mid open Igbo i i e a o u -

Diphthongs Note: Igbo dont have diphthongs