The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World
8 Nigerianisms, Americanisms, Briticisms, and Communication Breakdown
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Nigerianisms, Americanisms, Briticisms, and Communication Breakdown
In Chapter 1, I talked about my finicky linguistic activist friend who perpetually insists that there is no such thing as Nigerian English. Nigerian idiosyncratic English usage, he says, is often no more than the product of the ignorant perversion of the rules of Standard English, and that ignorance doesn’t deserve to be rewarded with a grand, flattering label like “Nigerian English.” Besides, he often adds, we can’t legitimately talk of Nigerian English since such a variety is neither codified in any systematic manner nor does it enjoy any prestige or recognition in the pantheon of the world’s Englishes. But, socio-linguistically speaking, that is a notoriously untenable justification for denying the existence of Nigerian English.
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