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Title:The university and the standardization of the English language in Nigeria
Author:Banjo, Ayo
Periodical:West African Journal of Modern Languages
Geographic term:Nigeria
English language
language policy
Abstract:Nigeria counts approximately 400 spoken languages including an English-based Pidgin, and English based on standard British English, which has become the official language. Given such a complex multilingual situation, different varieties of English have evolved, giving rise to the two problems discussed in the article: (1) is it advisable to seek to standardise the English language in use in Nigeria, and if so, (2) what is the best way to go about such standardisation? Is there such a thing as Standard Nigerian English and who are its users? The university has a role in fashioning out, through actual use, a standard variety of English and transmitting this to society at large through its products. Unfortunately at the moment the university provides only a model of formal written English and no spoken model, even of formal English. French abstract.