[lg policy] bibitem: National Language Policy and the Search for National Integration in Nigeria

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 26 16:57:17 UTC 2011

National Language Policy and the Search for National Integration in

Emmanuel O. Ojo*

Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara
State, Nigeria

Abstract: At the root of the dilemmas of national integration in
Nigeria is the country’s search for a lingua franca. No
doubt, in a plural and deeply divided society like Nigeria, a national
language is seen as unifying symbol. The thrust of
this paper therefore is an in-depth analysis of the politics of using
language as mechanism for national integration cum the
accompanying problems. The paper also considers language mix on
comparative basis. The paper however infers that
rather than a fruitless search for a lingua franca, Nigeria will be
better off if the dominant language in each zone of the
country is developed and adopted as such.

More at: http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tosscij/articles/V003/1TOSSCIJ.pdf

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