A LINGUISTIC STUDY OF THE ABĀ SECRET LANGUAGE OF AWKA, NIGERIA

AUTHOR: CHINWUBA ADAORA JUDITH

DEPARTMENT: LINGUISTICS

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA

Secret languages have been used and are still used by different individuals or a group of people in conducting their private or secret deeds. Abā is a terminally endangered secret language used by Awka men in the past in conducting their business associated with the Agbala goddess, in slave trade practices and other forms of cheating. The interference of the colonial administrators and the introduction of western education stopped the above mentioned activities thereby endangering the secret language. This work aims at providing more lexical data which to represent this secret language and also to carry out a linguistic study on the phonology and morphology of the Abā language. The study reveals that the secret language shares some phonological and morphological features with the Awka Igbo and this suggests that the language is Awka Igbo based. Tonal modulation, stylistic declension, word inversion and ascribing meanings arbitrarily were discovered as the key strategies exploited by these Awka men of the past to enshroud their conversations in secrecy. This work will be a good reference
material to future researcher who desire to carry out futher studies on the Aba secret language.

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