[lg policy] bibliography: EJ824107 - Language Policy and Planning in Nigeria

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EJ824107 - Language Policy and Planning in Nigeria

Authors: Adegbija, Efurosibina
Terms from the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors; used to tag materials by
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to initiate any new search using that term. Language Maintenance;
Language Planning; Multilingualism; Foreign Countries; Profiles;
Language Usage; Language of Instruction; Mass Media; Public Policy;
African Languages; English (Second Language); Second Language Learning
Source: Current Issues in Language Planning, v5 n3 p181-246 Aug 2004

Publisher: Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325
Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420;
Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals

 This monograph describes the language planning situation in Nigeria,
one of the most multilingual countries in Africa. It is divided into
four sections. The first section presents the language profile of
Nigeria and provides a background of the general language situation in
the country. The second section discusses language spread and use. It
focuses particularly on language in education and the media. The core
section of the monograph investigates language policy and planning,
with an emphasis on the mother tongue medium (or first language)
policy and the multilingual policy. The fourth discusses language
maintenance and language shift in Nigeria with respect to the
indigenous languages and English, the exoglossic language. It shows
that in spite of the first-language and multilingual policies, English
is still dominant in virtually every aspect of life and that concrete
policy actions need to be taken not only to begin to break the
hegemony of English but also to ensure that indigenous languages have
a secure future. The final section also provides some practical
insight on ways to begin to resolve some of the problems posed by
Nigeria's language policies. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 5


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