Lack of Intergenerational Language Transmission as a threath to Igala language
Posted by abdul at December 28th, 2012
It is obvious that our beloved Igala spoken Language is severely under threat because it is not being spoken by all generations. There are palpable signs of linguistic threats from Nigerian Pidgin English and the English language, which are seriously interrupting the intergenerational transmission of the Igala language. There are many literate parents, nowadays, who deliberately use the English language as the only means of communication between themselves and their children at home. Even among illiterate and semi-literate parents, it is becoming something of a “fashion” to use adulterated English, Nigerian Pidgin English or a mixed of both Igala and English or Igala and Nigerian Pidgin English, reflecting an apparent diglossia situation in a society that otherwise was homogeneous linguistically.