The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World
13 The English of the Nigerian News Media
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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I have highlighted below are outright grammatically incorrect, others are grammatically correct but either laughably outdated or hopelessly clichéd.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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