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History of Nigerian Language

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Emily Greene

on 19 February 2015

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Background Information:
Nigerians initially used pictographs, however that died out in the 1500s
Ibo language is a tonal language, which means it's based on the pitch of the word rather then the spelling or the word itself, much like the Chinese language
What was the Pre-Colonial Language of Nigeria?
What Did We Research?
What was the pre-colonial language of Nigeria?

What are the effects of language change on the Ibo culture?
Colonialism changed cultural values and language of the Ibo people such the importance of education.
By bringing in a new language, the traditional culture was altered. (Negative)
The colonists introduced education and gave the Ibo people the ability to communicate with other countries outside Africa through the English language. (Positive)
History of Nigerian Language
By: Rebecca Meekhof and Emily Greene
Effects of Language Change
Adopts words and grammar from English
Their written language (Alphabet) changed
Children went to school to learn English and became educated
English is spoken throughout present-day Nigeria mainly because of colonialism
The Igbo Language
20 Million speakers
Different Dialects + 20th Century
Evidence from the Novel
Achebe grew up speaking English and was educated
"Clearly his personal god or chi was not made for great things. A man could not rise beyond the destiny of his chi" (Achebe 131)
"'He said something, only they did not understand him," said Obierika. 'He seemed to speak through his nose.'" (Achebe 139)
The white mans arrival and language barrier. Had to talk through an interpreter. (Achebe 145)
Compare and Contrast
Before colonialism there was no English at all used in the Ibo language. Now, there are many words and themes from it
Today English is a major language in Nigeria, contrasting to pre-colonization when there was none at all.

Language Information & Resources
. Web. 14 Feb 2015.
This website gave us background information on the Ibo language such as the early history, the language today, and the information about pictographs. It was useful in the slides pertaining to the history and the language today in Nigeria, very informative and a credible source.
"Igbo Language."
Knowledge Encyclopedia.
Web. 18 Feb. 2015. This website allowed us to gather information about the history of the Ibo language, the Latin writing system, and how it borrowed words from the English language. This site was very insightful and scholarly for all slides in our presentation.
"Chinua Achebe."
Chinua Achebe.
Brucker, Carl. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
"Igbo Language." Ibo Youth Association. Ibo Youth Association. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.
"Igbo (Asụsụ Igbo)."
Igbo Language, Alphabet and Pronunciation
. Web. 12 Feb 2015. This website give examples of pronunciation of Ibo words as well as explaining the background of the language. This website is well researched as it even includes other websites to get more information. We used it for simple facts about word pronunciation.
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