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X-Posted from "Hausa language, literature and culture" <H-HAUSA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: John Philips <firstname.lastname@example.org> -------------------------- Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 20:15:17 +0100 From: "Don Osborn" <email@example.com> Subject: Fw: Make Pidgin English Lingua Franca (fwd) From: "phil cash cash" <cashcash@EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU> To: <ILAT@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU> Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 5:09 PM Subject: Make Pidgin English Lingua Franca (fwd) Make Pidgin English Lingua Franca >From Iyefu Adoba in Abuja http://www.thisdayonline.com/news/20040218news31.html A Director of research programmes from the National Centre for Scientific Research in France, Professor Bernard Caron, has made a case for Pidgin English as a lingua Franca in the country. Speaking in Abuja at a lecture titled "Why Study Minority Languages in Nigeria," Professor Caron, who has been in and out of Nigeria for the past 17 years, regretted that despite Pidgin being an important Lingua Franca, it is hardly mentioned in the language policy of the country. "Why is the language policy silent on Nigerian Pidgin which is used in families and is a first language for many children?" queried the Professor. He noted that English is the de facto official language in the bureaucratic and educational system, while the 3 major languages of Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa remain the major national potential languages. Noting that Pidgin is commonly used in songs, the Professor however observed that very little literature, if any at all, exists in Pidgin and asked if there is any future literary for Pidgin which can be easily read in Nigeria and even outside the country. Caron said Nigeria is a well known country of many languages, adding that there are easily 500 mother tongues in the country, which can be classified under dead, dying, moribund or living languages. The Professor said the study of minority languages helps provide better knowledge of the culture of the people and helps fight illiteracy. Wannan wasik'ar i-mel ce daga H-Hausa, inda za'a cigaba da hira game da harshe da al'adu da tarihi da sauran lamura na Hausawa da mak'wabtansu.