An Ethnolinguistic Study Of Nigerian English In Selected Nigerian Movies

Moyosore Philip Orimoloye,
English Language, University Of Ilorin, Nigeria
October, 2007
 

Abstract

This research employs the tool of ethnolinguistic analysis to examine data gathered from selected Nigerian movies in English. It is a qualitative research in which purposive random sampling is used to sort the data from the three major ethnolinguistic domains-Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. The theory of ethnography of speaking is then applied to analyze the data. Nigerian movies, being a reflection of the Nigerian society and also a manifestation of Nigerian English usage is used as a test case for the validation of the theoretical framework.
The study affirms the significance of the Nigerian movies as a portrayal of the culture, tradition, beliefs and values of the Nigerian society through Nigerian English. It further establishes the cultural influence of the three ethnolinguistic domains on their language use as reflected in the selected Nigerian movies. Finally, the ethnolinguistic analysis shows that the lexical choices of participants in a discourse reflect their setting, ideas, beliefs, cultures, values and attitudes.
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