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Title:The Status of Yorb Dialects in Communicative Competence and Language Proficiency
Author:Fbnmi, Felix A.
Year:2004
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:29
Issue:3
Pages:103-113
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:communication
dialects
sociolinguistics
Yoruba language
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
language
Language and languages
Communicative competence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24482760
Abstract:This article attempts to explore the status of Yorb dialects in communicative competence and language proficiency. Dialectal identities are quite strong among the Yorb people of Nigeria; they form an integral part of sociolinguistic behaviour in any of the Yorb communities. So, during speech acts or communication, the centralized version of the language will invariably depict the native speaker's version as deviating from the so-called standardized rules of speaking. But such dialectal identities and expressions actually mirror the people's mind, most covertly when deciding the topics that are appropriate to a particular speech event. This is the essence of communicative competence. However, the article shows that such proficiency could not be enhanced among the Yorb people unless skilled dialectal knowledge is allowed to thrive. The Yorb people appear to have rather strong views on the appropriateness of their dialects in different situations. The study is conceptualized within the framework of Chomsky's 'states' of mind where the adult native speaker's knowledge is fully developed static competence. The corpora are largely taken from various dialectal renditions and written texts. Oral and structured interviews were also conducted among Yorb language students and among Yoruba native speakers. This was decided in order to reduce introspection in diverse forms. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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