The Linguistic Situation in the South South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria
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Several studies have been undertaken to explore the linguistic or language situation in Nigeria from various viewpoints. Over two decades ago, I had cause to examine the linguistic situation of Akwa Ibom State. The perspective then was to investigate the nature of the relationship between the varieties spoken in Akwa Ibom State with respect to their statuses as languages and dialects. This paper expands the scope of the earlier study beyond that thematic content and geographic spread to filial relationships, multilingualism, language use, language demography, state of research, level of literacy, literary and literacy materials, language vitality and various other themes across the South South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria, which comprises Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers States. Although the region is grouped together into a homogenous unit of sorts, we do not expect total uniformity in linguistic matters across the States; neither do we rule out elements of commonalities. We do, however, expect interesting throw up of linguistic features. We will adopt a survey approach, analyse our findings and draw conclusions as well as make suggestions on future directions.
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