The Interference of English Language on Spellings and Pronunciations of Some Family Names (FN) in Twi Language in Ghana

  • Adu David Tuffour
  • Isaac Oduro
  • Samuel Frimpong
  • Peter Fosu
Keywords: Acquisition, Communicate, Dialect, Interference, Language, Twi


This paper examined the interference of English Language on the Spellings and pronunciation of some Twi Family Names (FN). The purpose was to investigate and establish the conditions and the challenges of spellings and the pronunciations of Twi Family Names (FN) and point out the effects of the problems on the Twi speakers. The study resorted to using both primary and secondary data. Other authorities' work on language interference was reviewed and was addressed in relation to the problems of English on the learning of Twi whether they are in line with the phonological processes. The investigation identified the effects of interference of English language on the learning of Twi Family Name (FN). The theory that influenced this investigation was nativist theory by Noam Chomsky. One of the most important and fascinating aspects of human development is language acquisition. It is a belief that the second language affects first language acquisition, and that (L2) can interfere with the learning of (L1). The analysis has proven that the interference of English Language on spelling and pronunciation of Twi Family Names (FN) is real and needs to be examined carefully to maintain Asante Twi as a mother tongue (MT).