In today's lesson, we learned about another outer circle English, Nigerian English.
Like India, Nigeria was a former British colony, so British English has influence the development of Nigerian English. English is used here to help serve as a bridge among the different ethnic groups. There are 521 languages (9 extinct) spoken in Nigeria with Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba as some of the major languages. English is the official language so that no other local language is given preference in the government and in education.
We listened to a short audio of the standard Nigerian English dialect, and then analysed some of the key features, which include:
These are the key features of Nigerian English syntax:
One of the main characteristics of Nigerian English is the use of ellipses, which is he act of leaving out a word or words from a sentence deliberately, when the meaning can be understood without them.
Also, there is often a direct translation of expressions from the local languages (e.g. wrapper, enstooled, enskinned, etc.)
1. Lecture preparation #8