Language and identity: A case of Igbo language, Nigeria
Language is the most important information and communication characteristics of all the human beings. Language is power as well as
a great instrument for cultural preservation. The world community is
made up of many languages and each of these languages is being
used to identify one speech community or race. Unfortunately, it has
been observed that Igbo language is fast deteriorating as a means of
communication among the Igbo. The Igbo have embraced foreign
languages in place of their mother tongue (Igbo language). This
paper is therefore aimed at highlighting the importance of Igbo language as a major form of Igbo identity. This study will immensely benefit students, researchers and Igbo society in general. A framework was formulated to direct research effort on the development and study of Igbo language, the relationship between Igbo language and culture, the importance of Igbo language as a major form of Igbo identity, the place of Igbo language in the minds of the present Igbo and factors militating against the growth of the language and finally recommendations were given.
Keywords: Language, Identity, Culture, Communication, Speech Communication
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