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An Integrated Approach to the Study of Language Attitudes and Change in Nigeria: The Case of the Ikwerre of Port Harcourt City
Kelechukwu Uchechukwu Ihemere
194-207 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This paper explores the ongoing language shift taking place in Port Harcourt by investigating the Ikwerre attitudes to their languages (Ikwerre and Nigerian Pidgin English), and how these attitudes help to perpetuate the language choices attested in the data. Additionally, it aims to contribute to existing research in language attitudes by examining in some detail the attitudes of young people, their parents and grandparents toward Ikwerre and NPE, including questions of perceptions about the future of the Ikwerre language. Furthermore, it intends to add to the methodology of research into language attitudes and use, most significantly by combining direct and indirect techniques to collect data and gain insights into the language attitudes of Port Harcourt Ikwerre bilinguals. The premise for such an exploration is based on the argument that the fate of the Ikwerre language will most vitally depend to a large extent on contemporary local linguistic attitudes.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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