ENGLISH LANGUAGE INTERFERENCE IN THE SPEAKING OF MBAISE IGBO
This research work titled “English language interference in the speaking of Mbaise Igbo” is chosen for the very objectives of finding out the various causes of English language interference and its effects on Mbaise Igbo.
The framework of this work is based on socio-linguistics approach. The study contains five chapters. Chapter one contains the introduction, purpose of the study, significance of the study, method of data collection and hypothesis. Chapter two deals with the literature review. Chapter three deals with the interference of English language on Mbaise Igbo, causes of interference and the mode of interference. Chapter four looks at the effect of English language interference on Mbaise Igbo and the danger it poses to the survival of the language. Chapter five is the conclusion of the study.
Right from the days of colonial rules in Nigeria, English language has continued to play a dominant role as the official language of the country even after the colonial masters have given up power to Nigerians. As a result, English language is used as a medium of instruction at almost all levels of education in Nigeria. It is also used as a means of communication in all government establishments, offices, schools, and media houses etc. The privilege position occupied by English language as the official language of the country has been one major reason why it has continued to dominate, influence, and interfere in the speaking of most Nigerian languages of which the Mbaise Igbo is not left out.
On the other hand, the attitude of most Nigerians toward our indigenous languages contributes to English language interference in the speaking of most Nigerian languages of which Mbaise Igbo is our major focus. It is obvious that as a result of the status of English language in Nigeria as the official language of the country, and the role it plays globally as it is fast becoming a global language, and it is already the language of computer; most Nigerians see it as a superior language. We find a situation where primary and secondary school students are not allowed by their teachers to speak their native language in the class, and speaking such a language constitutes an office. In some homes, we also find a situation where parents communicate with their children in English rather than their mother tongue. The result of this is that children will grow up becoming more competent in English language than their mother tongue.
Some Nigerians see the acquisition of English language as thing of pride, and as a result, for example, the speaker of Mbaise Igbo allow some lexical items or chip in some lexical items of English when speaking Mabise Igbo as a way of exhibition the knowledge of otherwise superior language. Difficulty in expressing some terms which do not have words in Mbaise Igbo to express them, but which have words by which they are expressed in English language also result in English language interference in the speaking of Mbaise Igbo.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The major purpose of this study is to find out the reasons why English language interferes in the speaking of Mbaise Igbo. To find out what are the causes of interference, how it interferes, and the effect of interference on Mbaise Igbo.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study focuses on the English interference in the speaking of Mbaise Igbo. The study will add to the knowledge of English language interference on Mbaise Igbo, how it interferes and the effect of interference on the named language.
It will also benefit to those that may wish to carry out research on the interference of English on the Mbaise Igbo, and the causes of interference.
METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION
The materials used in this work were sourced from written materials and oral interviews. I carried out one-on-one oral interview with the native speakers of Mbaise Igbo and sourced materials from written works on similar studies. I also use my initiatives as a native speaker of Mbaise Igbo.
In this investigative study, my working hypothesis are that the English interference on Mbaise Igbo is as a result of dominance of English as the official language of the country, and its used as a medium of instruction in all levels of education in Nigeria. That the interference is as a result of speaker attitude toward Mbaise Igbo, and lack of words to express some terms in Mbaise Igbo.
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