PREFIXATION AS WORD BUILDING STRATEGY IN ANNANG AND ENGLISH

ABSTRACT

The poor performance of some Annang speakers of English in word-building has assumed an alarming proportion The complex strategies of word-building on Annang and English, distinctively two languages have hindered quick comprehension and creative ability of learners of English This paper, therefore, examines prefixation, a strategy of word-building in Annang and English to highlight the similarities and differences and to ascertain the extent to which knowledge of Annang word holding technique can influence the performance of Annang learners of English Sixty subjects were chosen from a geographical spread where Annang is spoken in Akwa Ibom state. An achievement test was designed to evaluate the knowledge of the respondents in word-building strategies The study identifies that Annang and English inflect and derive new words through prefixation but that the knowledge of Annang does not influence the performance of Annang speakers of English, for instance, Annang verbs are largely agglutinating, a phenomenon which is not common in English, and adjectives are pluralized in Annang but not in English.

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