TO BE OR NOT TO BE: DEFINING NIGERIA’S EXISTENCE THROUGH AN ENCOMPASSING LANGUAGE POLICY

TO BE OR NOT TO BE: DEFINING NIGERIA’S EXISTENCE THROUGH AN ENCOMPASSING LANGUAGE POLICY

Authors

  • Uche Oboko Department of English and Literary Studies Dennis Osadebay University Asaba, Delta State

Keywords:

Nationality,, ethnicity,, existence,, language ideologies, language policy, unity

Abstract

The centrality of language in social interactions has generated a lot of scholarly interest.
While some have studied language in social interactions, others have examined language
use in literary works and yet, some others have investigated the role of language in the
development of Nigeria. The paper holds that the inability to evolve a defined national
language or implement the policies already made by the government is as a result of
unflinching and unwavering ethnic attachments. The study adopts a qualitative method of
research and the data were mainly secondary data. The analyses were done in line with the
tenets of the Accommodationist approach of Multicultural theory. The paper reveals that
the language of the people is a paradigmatic marker in their overall development but holds
that to define our existence as a nation and inculcate the spirit of national consciousness,
there should be recourse not just to the indigenous languages that define us as a people,
or the English language given the densely ethno-linguistic nature of the nation, but a
philosophy on language use that goes beyond ethnic boundaries. The paper therefore calls
for an encompassing language policy that transcends ethnic boundaries which will foster
development, economic improvement, social integration, technological advancement,
global recognition and harmonious coexistence among the varying ethnic groups

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Uche Oboko. (2022). TO BE OR NOT TO BE: DEFINING NIGERIA’S EXISTENCE THROUGH AN ENCOMPASSING LANGUAGE POLICY. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 16–32. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/17
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