AN ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ PRONUNCIATION MASTERY OF DENTAL FRICATIVE AND ALVEOLAR PLOSIVE SOUNDS

Dede Juliardi, Endang Susilawati, Eusabinus Bunau

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Abstract

The objective of this research was to 1) to know the students’ pronunciation mastery of dental fricative [θ] [ð] and alveolar plosive [t] [d] sounds, 2) To find out which sound is the most mispronounced by the students. This research was classified as a descriptive research, in which the research instrument was reading texts. The population of this research was English students in Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Tanjungpura University. The sample of this research was 30 students in Introduction to Linguistics classes. The data were collected through performance test. There were 20 sentences in the reading text with total dental fricative and alveolar plosive sounds phonetic transcription are 1200 transcriptions. The research found that 1) there were 557 correct pronunciations out of 1200 or 54.75%, 2) the percentage of students correct pronunciation was 46.41% with the mean score 43.25%, 3) from 30 students, there were only eight students above score 60 or at least they can pronounce 24 dental fricatives and alveolar plosive sounds out of 40 sounds. The most mispronounced sound was voiced dental fricative sound [ð]. There were 278 incorrect pronunciation out of 300 (92.67%). As a conclusion, the students pronunciation mastery of dental fricative and alveolar plosive sounds were ‘fair’.

Keywords: Alveolar Plosive Sounds, Dental Fricative Sounds, Pronunciation Mastery

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