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PROJECT TOPIC: A CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE NOUN PHRASE IN GYONG AND ENGLISH

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ABSTRACT

This research work, ‘A Contrastive Analysis of the Noun Phrase in Gyong and English Languages’ was motivated by the researcher’s realization of how Gyong language lends itself in numerous ways to morphological subtypes and morphology at large which are distinct from the English language. The research concentrates on a contrastive analysis of some factors which seem to affect the performance of Gyong learners of English, especially the noun phrase which has been observed to be very problematic because of interference from the grammar and lexis of mother-tongue, choice of appropriate pre/post modifiers of the nominals, etc. The research work identified diverse differences between the Gyong language and English language and how they bring about difficulties for Gwong people learning English as a second language. A contrastive description of the noun phrase in the two languages revealed diverse differences in the following aspects of the noun phrase; pluralisation, article, demonstratives, genitives, concord, syntax and qualifiers. These areas were found to be sources of difficulty to Gyong learners of English. Data about he existing noun phrase in the two languages were gathered, their applications were described, similarities, dissimilarities and effectiveness or otherwise were also considered. This research contains some recommendations for overcoming the difficulties identified such as: carrying out more researches in Gyong language, especially its morphology, syntax and semantics, among native Gwong to fine-tune methods and materials in favour of the language (Gyong). Remedial drills on contrastive analysis should be made into supplementary materials based on findings for teaching English language in such areas under study.


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