Language Attitude and Language Conflict in West Africa
Enicrownfit Publishers, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 212 pages
This varied collection of essays explores the vast, complex and contentious subject of language in West Africa. The essayists adopt the perspective that languages - indigenous African and European - and the attitudes of their speakers are inseparable from social and historical identities and wider debates about political cultures. A major aspect of the work covers the attitudes of Nigerians of differing linguistic identities and social profiles to foreign languages vis-a-vis indigenous languages. Other contributors examine the conflicts resulting from the situation of a multiplicity of languages - e.g. Igbo as internal conflict, against English as external conflict; language attitude in market transaction; and attitudes towards pidgin. One essay branches out into philosophies of cultural relativism, human communication and intercultural relations, presenting a critique of Anta Diop and Kwasi Wiredu. A final piece considers the utilisation of information for development in Nigeria, and cultural shock.
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Language attitude patterns of Nigerians
Attitude to foreign languages and indigenous language use in Nigeria
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According Adegbija African languages argues bilingual Buyer Cameroon Cameroonians Central Dialect colonial context cultural discourse dominant economic Elugbe English in Nigeria English language ethnic groups European languages existence fact factors five naira foreign languages French function Gambia Hausa language human Igbo language Igboanusi important indigenous languages interaction intercultural Krio Lagos language attitudes language conflict Language Contact language in Nigeria language planning language policy lingua franca linguistic London major Nigerian languages Mandinka market transaction Martin Putz mother tongue multilingual naira national language Nigerian Pidgin NLPE official language Okuku Community Omamor Onitsha orthography Pidgin English Policy on Education political primary problem programmes References respondents result role second language Seller Sierra Leone social society sociolinguistic spoken Standard Igbo status Text three major languages three major Nigerian traditional translation University of Ibadan University Press Uwalaka variety WAPE West African Wiredu Wolof Yoruba