DIGLOSSIA IN CONTEMPORARY IGBO SOCIETY: AN UGBAWKA SPEECH COMMUNITY EXAMPLE – Ogechukwu Mbah and Thecla Udemmadu

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DIGLOSSIA IN CONTEMPORARY IGBO SOCIETY:
AN UGBAWKA SPEECH COMMUNITY EXAMPLE
by
Ogechukwu Mbah
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
07031008539
&
Thecla Udemmadu
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
theclaudemmadu@yahoo.com
07038296805

Abstract

This research on “Diglossia in Contemporary Igbo Society: Ugbawka Speech Community Example” is to highlight the negative effect of standard Igbo on Ugbawka variety of the Igbo language. Ferguson’s (1959) approach to diglossia was used with the review of some related literatures and it was discovered that Ugbawka dialect is blessed with some unique distinctive phonemes, (/hw/,/з/)and some words that are not in the standard variety of Igbo but the standard Igbo has influenced Ugbawka people so much that most of them, especially the youths, now find it difficult to identify with their dialect because they feel it is archaic, non-prestigious and for the uncivilized, while the standard Igbo is seen as superior, prestigious and for the learned and civilized. Also, the “prestigious” nature of the standard Igbo has led to the non-acceptance of these unique phonemes and some lexemes not found in the standard Igbo. Finally, the research concludes that though there is need for a unified standard form of any language, the other varieties should not be despised or discarded because “variety is the spice of life”.

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