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Title:'Make una listen o...': codeswitching as a means of accommodation among the Edo-speaking people of Nigeria
Authors:Osadolo, SamISNI
Finlayson, RosalieISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa
Volume:38
Issue:2
Pages:195-209
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:codeswitching
Edo
Edo language
English language
Pidgin English
Abstract:This article examines the language situation in the Edo state of Nigeria, with particular reference to how the people accommodate their interlocutors by adapting their speech through codeswitching. Examples gathered from empirical research are analysed and conclusions drawn regarding the reasons why and when the people, in particular the Binis, codeswitch to accommodate those with whom they speak. Like most of Nigeria, the Edo state has been greatly influenced by the English language and its culture. This article focuses on Edo-English and English-Edo, as well as Pidgin English-Edo and Edo-Pidgin English codeswitching patterns and the social motivations that underly these patterns. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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