Imelda Udoh

Imelda Udoh
University of Uyo | UNIUYO · Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages

PhD Linguistics

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The NLP provides a database of the languages of Nigeria following the six Geopolitical Zones – the South South, South East, South West, North East, North Central and North West. The Project surveys the 774 Local Government Areas (L.G.As) and presents the languages and their varieties, as well as estimates of the speakers. It provides political maps, as a guide, which will eventually be converted to a linguistic map of these Zones. It also provides a database to help the decision on a National Language Policy for Nigeria. The entire report is expected to be published under the title Languages of Nigeria. The NLP is planned in three phases: 1. Phase 1 Geopolitical profiling of the 774 Local Government Areas in the 6 Geopolitical Zones. This is the Nigerian Geopolitical Languages Survey (NGLS). 2. Phase 2 Assessment of the vitality and documentation of the languages. 3. Phase 3 Classification of the languages of Nigeria. This Project that started in 2003 is still in the Phase 1. Considering the vast area to cover, the already existing geopolitical structure is being used. The best way to address this is to use the people close to the areas where the languages are spoken. The NLP is leveraging on this structure through a network and coordination of linguists, students, speakers, institutions and funders to address the chaotic linguistic situation. Although the NLP started as a project of the University of Uyo, its national scope has attracted the attention and collaboration of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria. Indeed, most linguists who have heard about it have embraced it with much enthusiasm, a vibrant Forum has been formed where issues concerning Nigerian languages are addressed. The objectives of the NLP are to: 1. explore and document the languages of Nigeria; 2. bring together individuals/groups and institutions/funders and language stakeholders in a bid to foster understanding, partnerships, collaboration and support of issues relating to languages of Nigeria; 3. form working groups to cover all 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria as a fall out from the presentations and to follow up on the conference themes; 4. provide a platform for sharing project ideas, problems and solutions on the documentation of the languages of Nigeria; 5. gather information on the documentation efforts across Nigeria; 6. publish volumes on the languages of Nigerian; 7. produce a linguistic map of Nigeria; 8. host a biennial conference on the languages of Nigeria.