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Title: English Usage in Nigerian News Broadcasts: A Study of Selected Broadcast Institutions
Authors: Teilanyo
Diri, I
Chime, Eucharia O
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Journal of Arts and Humanities.
Series/Report no.: Vol. 5, No. 1.;88- 96
Abstract: This paper studies the non-standard features in the English used in broadcasting in Nigeria. Experts are taken from news scripts and live broadcasts from three main broadcasting houses – one a federal government-owned national network, one state-owned and one privately owned. While it is assumed that the English used in broadcasting is essentially of international standard, the paper discovers that there are significant deviant or non-native features are the different levels of linguistic description such as phonology, vocabulary, grammar and meaning. Based on these findings, the paper, while recognizing the existence of “Nigerian English,” doubts the wisdom of considering such broadcast media as constituting a model for internationally intelligible English language competence in Nigeria
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