Sound System


Welcome to the Yoruba Language course on Sound System! Sound System in Yoruba Language is a fundamental aspect that encompasses the study of production of sounds, tones, syllable structure, and sound processes. Understanding the sound system is crucial as it serves as the foundation for effective communication and mastery of the language. In this course, we will delve into identifying the organs of speech, speech sounds, and parameters used to describe each speech sound. One of the primary objectives is to determine the correct usage of these speech sounds to avoid linguistic errors such as mispronunciations and improper usages. Furthermore, we will focus on the syllable components of words, which are essential units in the formation of words in Yoruba Language. By grasping the syllable structure, students will enhance their ability to pronounce words accurately and express themselves fluently in Yoruba. An integral part of the course is understanding the basic principles that underlie the relationship between sounds in Yoruba Language. This knowledge will provide students with a deeper insight into the intricacies of the language's sound system and enable them to navigate through the nuances of pronunciation effectively. Throughout the course, we will explore subtopics such as Prose, Verse, Production of Sounds including consonants and vowels, Tones and Tone Changes, as well as various sound processes like Co-Vowel Occurrence, Elision, and Deletion. These subtopics will further enrich students' understanding of the intricate sound system in Yoruba Language. By the end of this course, students will not only be able to identify and differentiate speech sounds but also apply the correct pronunciation and usage in their communication. They will gain proficiency in analyzing and deconstructing syllable structures, thereby enhancing their overall language proficiency and fluency. Get ready to embark on an enlightening journey through the captivating world of Yoruba Language's Sound System – a voyage that will equip you with the necessary tools to master the intricacies of pronunciation and sound production in this rich and vibrant language. Embrace the challenge, and let's explore the fascinating realm of Yoruba Language together. Ayẹyẹ o! (Let's begin!)


  1. Speech Sounds And Parameters For Describing Each Speech Sound
  2. Identify Organs Of Speech
  3. Identify Linguistic Errors (Pronunciations And Wrong Usages)
  4. Determine Their Correct Usages
  5. Determine The Syllable Components Of Words
  6. Demonstrate Knowledge Of The Basic Principles Underlying The Relationship Between Sounds

Lesson Note

The Yoruba language, an indigenous language from Nigeria, has a unique sound system that distinguishes it from other languages. Understanding the sound system is crucial for proper pronunciation, effective communication, and linguistic proficiency. This article delves into the specifics of Yoruba speech sounds, the organs of speech, common linguistic errors, syllable components, and the relationship between sounds.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on Sound System. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. Identify the Yoruba term for the production of sounds involving the contact between the articulators. A. Fonẹmi
  2. B. Olùbàra
  3. C. Gbayawùn
  4. D. Bẹẹrẹ
  5. Answer: Gbayawùn
  6. Which of the following subtopics focuses on the study of how distinct pitches or intonations change the meaning of a word in Yoruba language? A. Prose
  7. B. Verse
  8. C. Tones and Tone Change
  9. D. Syllable Structure
  10. Answer: Tones and Tone Change
  11. In Yoruba language, which of the following refers to the structure of a syllable and its composition? A. Production of Sounds
  12. B. Tones and Tone Change
  13. C. Syllable Structure
  14. D. Sound Processes
  15. Answer: Syllable Structure
  16. What is the subtopic that deals with the occurrence of co-vowels, elision, and deletion in Yoruba language's sound system? A. Prose
  17. B. Verse
  18. C. Production of Sounds
  19. D. Sound Processes
  20. Answer: Sound Processes
  21. Identify the Yoruba term for the basic units of sound in language, usually represented by symbols. A. Ingilisi
  22. B. Fonesi
  23. C. Fonẹmi
  24. D. Alphabẹti
  25. Answer: Fonẹmi
  26. Which of the subtopics in Yoruba language sound system involves the study of errors in pronunciation and word usage? A. Prose
  27. B. Verse
  28. C. Production of Sounds
  29. D. Linguistic Errors
  30. Answer: Linguistic Errors
  31. What aspect of the Yoruba language sound system focuses on identifying organs of speech and their functions in producing speech sounds? A. Parameters for Describing Speech Sounds
  32. B. Linguistic Errors
  33. C. Syllable Components
  34. D. Organs of Speech
  35. Answer: Organs of Speech
  36. Which of the following is NOT a parameter for describing speech sounds in Yoruba language? A. Place of Articulation
  37. B. Manner of Articulation
  38. C. Nasality
  39. D. Tone
  40. Answer: Tone
  41. What aspect of Yoruba sound system involves determining the correct usage and pronunciation of speech sounds? A. Parameters for Describing Speech Sounds
  42. B. Linguistic Errors
  43. C. Syllable Components
  44. D. Correct Usages
  45. Answer: Correct Usages
  46. Which of the following objectives is NOT associated with the study of Yoruba sound system? A. Identifying syllable components of words
  47. B. Demonstrating knowledge of basic principles underlying the relationship between sounds
  48. C. Performing physical exercises to improve pronunciation
  49. D. Identifying linguistic errors
  50. Answer: Performing physical exercises to improve pronunciation

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