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Title:How do the Igbo understand themselves? A preliminary study of mutual intelligibility in the Igbo culture area
Author:Emenanjo, E. Nolue
Periodical:Ikenga: Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:In part 1 of this paper the author presents without comments the views of four well-informed non-Igbo on the question of mutual intelligibility among the Igbo. In part 2 he enumerates with some discussions a number of assumptions which are made in this study. In part 3 he puts forward a number of proposals which seem to account from a linguistic angle for the phenomenon of mutual intelligibility; he discusses how these operate in the area of phonology. In part 4 he discusses briefly the place of meaning in language. In part 5 he discusses meaning and the three levels proposed in part 3. Finally in part 6 he concludes with regard to the perennial question of what constitutes a language or a dialect. Notes, ref., tab.