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By Farooq A. Kperogi

Glocal English compares the utilization styles and stylistic conventions of the world’s dominant local different types of English (British and American English) with Nigerian English, which ranks because the English world’s fastest-growing non-native kind courtesy of the unrelenting ubiquity of the Nigerian (English-language) motion picture in Africa and the Black Atlantic Diaspora. utilizing modern examples from the mass media and the author’s wealthy experiential info, the publication isolates the ordinary structural, grammatical, and stylistic features of Nigerian English and exhibits its similarities in addition to its usually funny variations with British and American English. even supposing Nigerian English types the backdrop of the booklet, it's going to gain academics of English as a moment or international language the world over. equally, since it provides complicated grammatical techniques in a lucid, own narrative type, it's important either to a common and a expert viewers, together with those who learn anthropology and globalization. The true-life experiential encounters that the e-book makes use of to instantiate the variations and similarities among Nigerian English and local forms of English will make it invaluable as an empirical facts mine for disciplines that examine the stream and diffusion of linguistic codes around the bounds of countries and states within the age of globalization.

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Much of what is called British Standard English, for instance, is no more than the idiosyncratic usage of the language by the English royalty—and by the political, intellectual, literary, and media elite of the country (see Wales, 1994). The social and intellectual snobbery of the French language is even more blatant. There is a French language academy, called Académie française, that not only consciously privileges the elite dialect of the language, but that also polices its usage all over the world, causing experts in language policy to aver that France has the “most centrist of centrist language policies in the world” (Schiffman, 2002 p.

This mode of language change, of course, takes place in all other varieties of English, including British and American English, as I will show shortly. A third source of Nigerian English is old-fashioned British English idioms and expressions that have lost currency in Britain since the 1960s. Idioms such as “bad eggs” and expressions such as “more power to your elbow” (usually rendered as “more grease to your elbow” in Nigeria) are intelligible only to older Britons. The fourth source of Nigerian English is derived from Americanisms interspersed with British English to create a unique identity that is both American and British and, in a sense, neither American nor British.

These terms are sometimes used by people to refer to children with whom they have no familial relation. ” is a common greeting by Nigerian adults who want to ask after people’s children. I guess it sprouts from the African notion that it takes a village to raise a child which implies that the child belongs to the whole village. conceptual i z i n g n i g e r i an e n g l is h | 11 8. Wife/husband. In many Nigerian cultures (Yoruba and Baatonu cultures being prominent examples), a wife isn’t just a man’s partner in a marriage.

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