GENDER DIFFERENTIATION IN THE USE OF VOICED LABIODENTAL FRICATIVE SOUND /V/ OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN A NON-NATIVE CONTEXT
This paper investigates gender differentiation in the use of voiced labiodental fricative sound /v/ of English Language in a Non-Native Context. Sixty secondary school students (30 males and 30 females) were randomly selected as the sample. A pronunciation test was administered to the participants to read aloud. The study revealed that most participants replaced the labiodental sound /v/ with /f/ sound; and there is no significant difference between male and female students’ pronunciation of labiodental sound ss/v/. It is recommended that teachers pay proper attention to the learner’s linguistic background for effective communication in English language.
Gender Differentiation, Voiced, Labiodental, Fricative, English Language