English Language Vocabulary Usage of Indigenes of Ede a Predominantly Yoruba Speech Community


The presence of an institution of higher learning in an indigenous town has impact on the social, political and economic lives of the people of such a community. More importantly, the language use of the people is very much impacted upon since one of the linguistic outcomes of the sustained contact of a target language (L2) with a source language (L1) in the course of history is the adaptation and integration of words from the former into the lexicon of the latter. The predominantly Yoruba language speech community which also has educated people who are bilingual in Yoruba and English Languages has witnessed and is still experiencing introduction of words such as Poly, Lecturer, Rector and other terms adapted into it. The paper discusses the impact a higher institution of learning, the Federal Polytechnic, Ede has on the language of the small community of Ede, the way the second language grows and gets adapted and adopted into the day to day language use, the factors that are responsible for borrowing and convergence as well as the linguistic consequences of loanwords in the Yoruba expanded vocabulary of this community. The paper considers the implication of the study for English language teaching and learning in Ede environment.

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Oyediran Adebola, The Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria
Michael Adebola, The Federal Polytechnic, Nigeria

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Conference: ECLL2014
Stream: Bilingualism

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