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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Ed. by Duchêne, Alexandre / Coulmas, Florian

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Volume 2007, Issue 184


Language Endangerment in Nigeria: Perspectives on Akoko Languages of the Southwest

Solomon O Oyetade
Published Online: 2007-03-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2007.021


This article examines the patterns of interaction between the Yoruba and Akoko languages. The following three major aspects of societal bilingualism engaged our attention: language ability, language use/choice in a number of domains, and language attitudes. Data on these issues were collected from 1,187 respondents with a multidimensional questionnaire and participant observation. Findings reveal that Akoko speakers are more proficient in Yoruba than in various Akoko languages. Similarly, there seems to be a positive correlation between age, level of education, type of employment, and ability in Yoruba. Language-use data suggest that the process of language shift has started, as language use at home and in the neighborhood domains is tilted in favor of Yoruba. As for language attitudes, a split commitment is discovered in that Yoruba is seen as a symbol of larger ethnic identity, whereas the Akoko languages are positively regarded as vital links with ancestors. The article underscores the need for collaborative efforts between communities, linguists, and government to salvage the languages from eventual death.

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Published Online: 2007-03-22

Published in Print: 2007-03-20

Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2007, Issue 184, Pages 169–184, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/IJSL.2007.021.

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