Arts

MALE AND FEMALE COMPLIMENTING BEHAVIOUR IN NIGERIAN ENGLISH

Sociolinguistic research on language and gender has focused overwhelmingly on English speaking communities in the predominantly White/ European societies of Europe with little or no attention to African communities.  Consequently, this study examines male and female complimenting behavior among speakers of Nigerian English in Lagos.  It is also a response to Holmes’s (1998) call for sociolinguistic studies that contrast women’s and men’s language use across cultures.  Our findings reveal interesting results, which show gender differences that reflect the debate about dichotomy and heterosex

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MALE AND FEMALE COMPLIMENTING BEHAVIOUR IN NIGERIAN ENGLISH

Sociolinguistic research on language and gender has focused overwhelmingly on English speaking communities in the predominantly White/ European societies of Europe with little or no attention to African communities.  Consequently, this study examines male and female complimenting behavior among speakers of Nigerian English in Lagos.  It is also a response to Holmes’s (1998) call for sociolinguistic studies that contrast women’s and men’s language use across cultures.  Our findings reveal interesting results, which show gender differences that reflect the debate about dichotomy and heterosex

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Africa – a mosaic of languages: national integration in a multilingual society – a sociolinguistic overview.

This paper x-rays the multilingual nature African States and observes that the linguistic components of these States constitute a mosaic of languages. The problems inherent in multilingual situations are discussed from the socio-linguistic perspectives. The dominant role of the English, French, Portuguese, Arabic languages, etc., as moderating and stabilizing factors in the respective former colonies was also highlighted.

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Acoustic synthesis of the labial-velar stops from natural speech tokens.

Information about relevant acoustic parameters such as formant frequency values, direction and duration of formant transitions, stop burst/aspiration duration etc., were exploited in synthesizing the labial-velar stops [kp] and [gb] from a sequence of [stop + w] (where the stop is either labial, alveolar or velar) in Edo disyllabic utterances of the VCCV type.

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Acoustic cues for the perception of tones of disyllabic nouns in Edo.

Most studies on speech perception, with particular reference to the perception of tones, explained this phenomenon mainly from the auditory point of view. Many questions were therefore left unanswered with regard to the mechanisms involved in the perception of tone. This paper attempts to explain this phenomenon from an acoustic standpoint using recorded disyllabic Ẹdo nouns.

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‘Les spécificités du relief tonal en Edo: contribution à l’étude du “downdrift” et du “downstep.”’ in Lhote, E. (ed), A la découverte des paysages sonores des langues

The “downdrift” and “downstep” phenomena, two tonal processes which characterize tonal languages such as the Ẹdo language, are addressed in this study. These two processes give the tonal pattern of the « soundscape » of the language in question. The soundscape is comparable to chains of mountains separated by the valleys in a typical landscape. It is argued in this study that the downstep phenomenon in Ẹdo results from three ordered phonological processes: downdrift, vowel elision, and tone shift.  

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Issues in applied phonetics: the prospects of forensic voice investigation in Nigeria

Forensic Phonetics is a rapidly developing area of the forensic science in the highly technologically developed countries of the world.  It involves the application of expert knowledge in Phonetics (and indeed, linguistics) in the identification of a speaker in cases involving disputed utterances.  This study highlights some of the theoretical and methodological tools used in a forensic speaker identification task.  It is argued that even though Nigeria (and indeed the whole of the African continent) represents a very fertile ground for the practice of forensic voice investigation by virtue

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DESIGN EDUCATION FOR PEDAGOGY IN EARLY SCHOOL YEARS OF THE GIRL-CHILD IN NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS

Design education in early school years in Nigeria is an undervalued and neglected curriculum area. This article explains the concept of design education and its impact in building an extraordinary perceptual and conceptual power in the girl-child. It further examines the roles of teachers and parents in projecting the integration of design education into the curriculum of Nigerian schools.

A Feminist Linguistic Analysis and Reading of Nigeria’s ‘National Anthem’

The vanguard for non-sexist language reforms has started counting its gains in many parts of the world as government bodies, private and public institutions are overhauling their language use in a bid to conform with the dictates of gender neutrality in language use. However, it appears that similar responses are far less evident in some African countries, e.g., Nigeria, thus this paper appraises the linguistic content of Nigeria’s ‘National Anthem’ from a non-sexist perspective.

CONTRIBUTION OF FOLK WOMEN ARTISTS IN INDIAN SOCIETY

The paper traces the development of the position of women in Indian Society form the past to the present and explores the contribution of folk art n enabling the Indian women to maintain their individuality despite all odds. There is discussion of the various art forms in terms of painting on wall, on hand, on paper, scroll painting etc. Themes of the painting which in a way reflect the beliefs, the superstitions and religious notions have also been discussed along with the reason of using them. The paper also talks about the symbolic appeals of these paintings.