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Title:Language choice in the Nigerian State Houses of Assembly
Author:Brann, Conrad Max BenedictISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Nigeria
language policy
language usage
Abstract:This article is a sequel to an earlier article in which the author discussed some linguistic implications of the 1979 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in particular the issue of choice of language to be used by the State Houses of Assembly. Article 91 of the 1979 Constitution read 'The business of a House of Assembly shall be conducted in English, but the House may in addition to English conduct the business of the House in one or more languages spoken in the state, as the House may by resolution approve'. This is identical to article 95 of the 1989 Constitution. Predictably, the three major languages - Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba - were chosen as additional languages in most states. Only one regional language was chosen, viz. Kanuri in Borno state. The article examines the choice of additional language in the northern and the southern states, and summarizes a number of criteria for language choice. Bibliogr., notes, ref.