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The Role OF Nigerian Pidgin English

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The Role OF Nigerian Pidgin English.

ABSTRACT

The Nigerian Pidgin English is a type of English used and understood by so many people in Nigeria regardless of ethnic, cultural, and socio- economic background. Even though some people now use it in social communication, pidgin English is not only used in places like market local community and so on, but also Nigerian secondary and tertiary institutions’ students now use pidgin English to communicate with each other.

The continued use of Pidgin English in Nigeria made the number of interest of its speakers to continue to expand and this encouraged the growth of Nigerian pidgin. Therefore, this project attempts to study the role of Nigerian Pidgin English especially in Army Day Secondary School, Sokoto.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page …………… i
Approval Page ………. ii
Dedication …………. iii
Acknowledgement …. iv
Table of Content ……… vi

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 Introduction ……………………………………………. 1
1.1 Background of the study ………………………………. 3
1.2 Statement of Research Problem ……………………….. 4
1.3 Significance of the Study …………………………….. 5
1.4 Aims and Objectives ………………………………….. 6
1.5 Justification …………………………………………… 7
1.6 Scope and Limitation of the Study …………………….. 8

CHAPTER TWO: Literature Review

2.0 Introduction …………………………………………… 8
2.1 Defination of Pidgin …………………………………… 8
2.2 The use of Nigerian Pidgin …………………………….. 11
2.3 The growth of Nigerian Pidgin ……………………….. 19
2.4 The benefits of Nigerian Pidgin ……………………….. 21

CHAPTER THREE: Research Methodology

3.0 Introduction …………………………………………… 28
3.1 Population of the study ……………………………….. 28
3.2 Sampling Technique ………………………………….. 29
3.3 Tools of Data collection …………………………….. 29
3.4 Method of Data Collection ………………………….. 29
3.5 Method of Data presentation/Analysis ………………. 30
3.6 Justification for Choosing Method …………………… 30

CHAPTER FOUR: Data Presentation and Analysis

4.1 Introduction ………………………………………….. 31
4.2 Data Presentation and Analysis ……………………… 31
4.3 Summary of Analysis …………………………………. 39

CHAPTER FIVE: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendation

5.1 Summary of Findings ………………………………. 41
5.2 Conclusion …………………………………………… 42
5.3 Recommendation ……………………………………… 43
Bibliography ………………………………………………….. 44
Appendix ……………………………………………………… 46

INTRODUCTION

Nigeria is a country with a background of about four hundred indigenous languages, but there are three major languages – Hausa, Igbo and  Yoruba existing in three major zones of North, East and South respectively. Despite this fact, Nigerian pidgin is used in different parts of the country and it has become a common language for many. It is spoken mainly in the Southern and Eastern states like Rivers, Lagos, Delta, Edo and Cross Rivers.

Merchese and Schknal (1990) stated after a major evaluation in the Delta area of Nigeria that: “… in areas around Warri and Sapele, Nigeria pidgin is more of creole.” Creole is a mixture of European language with a local language and is spoken as a first language. It is being viewed by some scholars as a variety of English, while others see it as a distinct language.A look at the structure of Nigerian pidgin (NP) shows that it has structures and patterns of behaviours of its own.

At its initial stage, NP was being considered as the language of those who could not speak good English, and also for those who use it for fun in social gatherings, but the educated and uneducated equally use the language. It is therefore clear that Pidgin English is not only widely used by students in Nigerian secondary schools during their conversations with the educated and uneducated public. It has become a fascinating medium of casual communication among students themselves. Fisherman (1997) asserts that “no language considered inferior is aptly illogical.

REFERENCES

Adekunle, M.A. (1972). The Multilingualism of Language Use. In Lansing E. (ed.), African Studies Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 23.

Adetugbo, (1990). Nigerian pidgin communicative: New Trend Towards Sustaining. Ibadan: Heinemann Publishers.

Akinluyi, T.O. (1977). The Place of Pidgin in Nigeria and its Educational Implication. Unpublishd M.A. Thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

Alabi, R.O. (1999). Towards the Standardization of Nigeria Pidgin. In Olarewaju, O. (ed.), Advance Studies in Language and Literature, School of Language, Federal College of Education, Birnin, Vol. 1, p. 83-89.

Crystal, D.C. (1988). The Place of Culture in the Teaching. Cambridge: Basil Blackwell.

Decamp (1977). Creole Discourse: Exploring Prestige Formation and Change. London: Cambridge University Press.

CSN Team.

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