Basic Elements of English and Jukun Phonology
Basic Elements of English and Jukun Phonology examines the essential elements of the Jukun sound system vis-à-vis that of the English language. First, the author treats the segmental aspect of the phonology of both languages before proceeding to their respective supra-segmental aspects. The segmental deals with consonant and vowel sounds.
Basic Elements of English and Jukun Phonology also considers the initial analysis of organs of speech as a deliberate attempt to help readers appreciate the means by which these sets of sounds are being produced. While English and Jukun consonants differ only at a few levels, vowels take more distinctive features. For instance, both English and Jukun possess long and short vowels but only the latter is characterized by nasal vowels (vowels of the oral-nasal cavity). On the other hand, the supra-segmental deals with stress, rhythm and intonation of both languages.
However, Jukun, being a tonal language, leads us to the concept of tone. Basically, there are three levels of tone: High, Middle and Low. This tonality in Jukun not only accounts for its uniqueness but also its interestingness. A conclusion and summary are given at the end of each part of the book to reecho the major points discussed. This book is no doubt a simple, veritable tool in the hand of those seeking to have an in-depth knowledge of English and Jukun Phonology. The choice of comparative approach would especially benefit speakers of Jukun.
Indigenous languages play a crucial role in the development of the individual’s personal, social and cultural identity. Various researches have shown how cohesion, unity, economic growth, peacebuilding and citizens’ participation in governance are enhanced through the development of indigenous languages. The book, Basic Elements of English and Jukun Phonology, is a rich comparative highlight of the phonological traits of Jukun and English languages. Using a simple language, the author has been able to succinctly describe the fundamental similarities and differences in phonology in the two languages. The book is, no doubt, a rich contribution to linguistic studies or research in Nigerian indigenous languages.