Greener Journal of Art and Humanities Vol. 3 (1), pp. 009-018, January 2013
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The Spoken and the Written Language: Confusion between English Sounds and Letter
Olofin, Alabi Olusoji
Principal Lecturer, the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria B.A, M.A, Eng. (ESL)
Email: olofin1@ yahoo. com
The most important media employed in language use are spoken and written. They are quite important in the progressive, educational and technological development of man and his environment. While speech is spoken medium of language made with the aid of speech sounds,(phonemes) what we say can in turn be committed into writing through the use of letter symbols.(graphemes) Since writing is a direct graphic representation of what we say, it is tempting to believe that good speaking has direct correlation with good writing. However, due to certain irregularities that exist between the spoken language and its written form, this is not the case. This paper intends to highlight some of these irregularities that do not allow for a smooth representation of what we say in the written form and their negative influence on learners with the aim of minimizing their negative effects.
Keywords: English Language. Technological development, Homonymic discrepancies, irregularities