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Languages in Competition

The Struggle for Supremacy Among Nigeria’s Major Languages, English and Pidgin

Herbert Igboanusi and Lothar Peter

Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the authors investigate the issue of language conflict situations in Nigeria resulting from the contact of Nigeria’s indigenous languages with one another as well as with English and Pidgin English. The study captures patterns of language preference with the help of a survey of language attitudes and loyalties covering five Nigerian states. This book provides essential material for researchers and students in Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics as well as for educationists and language policy specialists.
Contents: The dominance of English in Nigeria – The spread and limitations of Nigerian Pidgin English – The problems and prospects of Hausa in Nigeria – Crises and conflicts of the Igbo language development – Development and stagnation of the Yoruba language – Implications of language dominance on minority languages – Perspectives on language politics in Nigeria.