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Lexico-Grammatical Features of Nigerian English

Ajewole-Orimogunje Christiana-Oluremi
Department of General Studies, The Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria
Abstract :
English is a second language which serves a number of purposes in Nigeria and certain 
socio-cultural variables influence its use in the Nigerian context. There is rapid expansion in 
the vocabulary used by Nigerians to translate their thought into language. This has brought 
about different coinages to suit the situation and context of usage. The English language lacks 
the ability to perfectly capture all aspects of Nigerian culture, hence it is frequently 
augmented by fresh coinages and importations derived from Nigerian English lexis as 
different from native speakers’ lexis. There is the introduction of culture-specific vocabulary 
items into the English language by Nigerian speakers of the language. This has led to 
creativity which manifests in coinages to reflect the Nigerian experience. Examples of 
Nigerian English are drawn and examined in this paper to reveal the influx of new words into 
the English language as occasioned by lexical derivations and innovations in the Nigerian 
usage of the language. 
Keywords :
Nigerian English, Second language, Lexis, Culture, Language teaching

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 14:36

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 14:36

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/3316/2789

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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