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Nigerian English Phonology

Ugorji, C. U. C.

Nigerian English Phonology

A Preference Grammar

Series: Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes - Volume 352

Year of Publication: 2010

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XVIII, 197 pp., 31 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-59903-7 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.280 kg, 0.617 lbs

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Book synopsis

Nigerian English Phonology is a stimulating volume on the world concern for English as a global language. In addition to contributing to the sociolinguistics of New Englishes, it contributes to their pedagogy. It employs the theoretical model of Preference Grammar to define the status of phonological elements. The book represents a vital contribution to the endonormative stabilisation of Nigerian English, among the canons of national varieties of English recognised worldwide. The results importantly yield materials for a normative inventory, essential to the pedagogical phonology of Nigerian English. This outcome bridges the gap between the erstwhile exogenous focus and the development of an indigenous one, and preserves the cultural democratisation of nations and communities enshrined in the philosophy of New Englishes. Students, researchers, language experts and educators, etc. who are interested in sociolinguistics, phonology, contact linguistics, language corpus planning and standardisation, will find this book valuable for understanding Nigerian English and New Englishes.


Contents: Sociolinguistics – Phonology – Pedagogy – Nigerian English – New Englishes – Contact Linguistics – Acrolectal Speech, Mesolectal Speech – Basilectal Speech – Endonormative Stabilisation – Indigenisation – Formalisation – Nigerian Pidgin – Phonological Typologies – Sound Inventory – Speech Sounds – Prosody – Prominence – Intonation – Pitch – Sound Quality and Quantity – Nationalism – Preference Grammar – International Acceptance – International Markedness – Official Language – National Language – Optimality Theory.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: C. U. C. Ugorji holds a Ph.D. in English Linguistics, and currently teaches in the School of Applied English Linguistics, University of Augsburg (Germany). His experience includes teaching and research in English and African Linguistics in Europe and Africa, at the university level. He is also a professional language teacher, involved in TESOL in schools. The author has contributed several articles in international academic journals and books and delivers papers in academic conferences and seminars.


European University Studies. Series 21: Linguistics. Vol. 352