Comparative Study of English and Gwandara Orthographies

Authors

  • Adewole Adigun Alagbe NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI
  • Salisu M. Raj
  • Muhammad Mustapha NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

Keywords:

ENGLISH, GWANDARA, ORTHOGRAPHY

Abstract

Abstract

African indigenous languages have suffered setbacks for inability of the language users to develop their orthographies. Some African languages, specifically Nigerian indigenous language that have been termed the ‘minority languages’ are either extinct already or on the verge of extinction. This is because many of them have not been developed orthographically and codified phonemically. The need to arrest this drift is what has led to the emergence of this study. Given the fact that English is a major global language, comparing its orthography with that of the Gwandara language enables the researchers to appreciate some striking similarities and, or differences capable of elevating the Gwandara language to a higher level. It is hoped that the reader will find this descriptive research worthwhile for its contribution to the development of one of the Nigeria’s indigenous languages to a standard level.

Author Biographies

Adewole Adigun Alagbe, NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

Professor at the Department of English, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Muhammad Mustapha, NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

Lecturer II at the Department of English, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

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Published

2021-05-09