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ERIC Number: ED179113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Language Survey in Nigeria. Publication B-81.
The languages of Nigeria and language usage in that country are discussed in a study designed to illustrate the need for a Nigerian lingua franca. Extensive data are first presented on Nigerian languages and dialects, their classification, and their geographic distribution. The remainder of the survey is devoted to a sociolinguistic study of language needs in Nigeria. The pedagogical advantages of fostering a nationwide native language are balanced against the desirability of bringing about language uniformity in the context of bilingual education. A discussion of the notion of lingua franca bridges reports on Pidgin English (which is viewed as the unofficial lingua franca of Nigeria) and Hausa (a language of imposition which can be effectively developed as the most desirable Nigerian lingua franca). (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.
Identifiers: Lingua Francas; Native Language; Nigeria; Pidgin English