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Glocal English

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


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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21 Words Nigerians Commonly Mispronounce


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Words Nigerians Commonly Mispronounce

I was initially reluctant to write this chapter for a whole host of reasons. For one, pronunciation is not an ingredient of Standard English; only vocabulary and grammar are. In any case, different national varieties of English have different pronunciations and accents, and none is more “correct” than the other. So there is no such thing as “English without an accent.” All spoken English is inflected with an accent. Every spoken language has an accent. That is why phonologists (people who study pronunciation and accents) like to remind us that “A person without an accent would be like a place without a climate.”

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