ASPECTS OF SOUND IN ALOR DIALECT
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Ihafa: A Journal of African Studies
Dialects are very rich asserts in the enrichment of Standard form of every language. Observation shows that some people look down on dialects as non-standard forms. Among the Igbo, one often hears the complaint that Igbo language is not complete. This paper explores the syntax and phonological aspects of the Alor dialect of Igbo with a view of identifying their similarities and differences with the Standard Igbo. The researcher, who has mastery of the two forms, compared data from the two dialects. Findings reveal that Alor dialect replaces the phones /r, v, f/which are absent in the inventory of their speech sounds with /l, h,hw/ respectively. Alor dialect is also rich in verbless sentences. Harnessing the phones and some words in Alor dialect will go a long way in enriching the Standard form of Igbo language. Key words: dialects, Alor, language, syntax and phonology.
dialects, Alor, language, syntax and phonology.