THE INFLUENCE OF BANYUMESE DIALECT ON ENGLISH VOICED 152 PLOSIVE PRONUNCIATION
One of the main problems in learning a second or foreign language is pronunciation of the sounds in the target language, especially when the learned language has different sound system compared to the first language. This study focuses on the influence of Banyumese dialect in the pronunciation of English voiced plosive sound ([b], [d], [g]) by Banyumese students. The objectives of this study are 1) to identify how Banyumese students pronounce English voiced plosive sounds, 2) to figure out the strategies used by the students to pronounce the sounds, and 3) to point out the factors affecting such pronunciation. This research is a descriptive qualitative in nature. A pronunciation test was employed to identify the pronunciation of voiced plosive sound by the students, while interview was utilized to find out the strategies of the pronunciation and factors influencing it. 35 students with Banyumese dialect as their mother tongue from five different campuses around Semarang were willingly participate in this study. The pronunciation test result was interpreted by the researcher and inter-rated by an expert validator. The Cohen Kappa was used to check the inter-rater realiabilty and showed the coefficient of 0.636 which means there is quite a high agreement between the raters. there is a deal between the researcher and the expert judgemnet about the pronunciation of voiced plossive sound. The interview result showed 28 % of respondents tried to pronounce the sounds as native, and the rest reported that their mother tongue gives big impact to their pronunciation.