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Glocal English

The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World

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Farooq A. Kperogi

Glocal English compares the usage patterns and stylistic conventions of the world’s two dominant native varieties of English (British and American English) with Nigerian English, which ranks as the English world’s fastest-growing non-native variety courtesy of the unrelenting ubiquity of the Nigerian (English-language) movie industry in Africa and the Black Atlantic Diaspora. Using contemporary examples from the mass media and the author’s rich experiential data, the book isolates the peculiar structural, grammatical, and stylistic characteristics of Nigerian English and shows its similarities as well as its often humorous differences with British and American English. Although Nigerian English forms the backdrop of the book, it will benefit teachers of English as a second or foreign language across the world. Similarly, because it presents complex grammatical concepts in a lucid, personal narrative style, it is useful both to a general and a specialist audience, including people who study anthropology and globalization. The true-life experiential encounters that the book uses to instantiate the differences and similarities between Nigerian English and native varieties of English will make it valuable as an empirical data mine for disciplines that investigate the movement and diffusion of linguistic codes across the bounds of nations and states in the age of globalization.
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13 The English of the Nigerian News Media

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CHAPTER 13

The English of the Nigerian News Media



Nigerian media English is one of the most important components of Nigerian English. It probably does more to shape the contours of the language than even schools that teach English formally. It both influences popular Nigerian usage and helps popularize the peculiar usages of the country’s political, intellectual, and cultural elite. But Nigerian media English, for the most part, derives from a repertoire of idiosyncratic solecisms and stereotyped phraseology. In this chapter, I discuss the most significant stylistic attributes of English usage in the Nigerian news media. While some of the expressions I have highlighted below are outright grammatically incorrect, others are grammatically correct but either laughably outdated or hopelessly clichéd. Either way, they all need to be dumped like “the verbal refuse” that they are. The numbering of the expressions is entirely arbitrary; it doesn’t indicate a hierarchical ordering of their egregiousness.

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