Language Civility, Immediacy and Peace Valence among Nigerian University Academics
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of 2016 seeks, in part, to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Since the university is a vital component of any society, promoting peace in the university can have a positive effect on the larger Nigerian society. In addition, since interactions in the university, as in all human societies, are language driven, the language-based negotiation in the university can produce either harmony or discord. This study, thus, examined students' perception of university lecturers' immediacy and civility as they relate to peace valence of lecturers communication. Data was collected from 880 undergraduates from three federal universities in South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria, using a structured questionnaire. Pearsonian model correlational analyses revealed low to moderate positive relationships between lecturers' immediacy, civility, and perceived peace valence of their communication.
Keywords: language, peace, valence, immediacy, civility, communication,