ISBN 9789783422568
Pages 152
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Enicrownfit Publishers, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Igbo English in the Nigerian Novel

by Herbert Igboanusi

This study establishes the ethnic variety of English, Igbo English (IE), in the Nigerian novel. It demonstrates that IE is a deliberate and stylistic device arising from the influence of the Igbo language - oral and written forms, and culture on English, resulting in the clear identity of this variety.

The author illustrates the distinctiveness of IE with reference to the novels of Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, Chuwuemeka Ike, Nkem Nwankwo and several other writers. He goes on to explore the role of these literary writers first in the development of IE, and then more generally, in the development of Nigerian English. He comments on the implications of their work for the modern African novel as a whole, and for an approach of study to African literature from the perspective of ethnic literary tradition.

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About the Author

Herbert Igboanusi

Herbert Igboanusi teaches in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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