AUTHOR: IKECHUKWU OKODO
FROM UJAH- UNIZIK JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES VOL II NO. 2, 2010
PUBLISHED BY FACULTY OF ARTS
NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Different people of the world are native speakers of respective languages. In the same vein, Igbo people of Nigeria are native speakers of the Igbo language. This very language has the need for cultivation of its growth by various means of language engineering. Some youths of Igbo extraction do not seem to be excited by their linguistic culture, although they may put on traditional dresses or perform one rite or the other, their attention to their language falls below expectation. They are highly influenced by the foreign cultures in their environments, especially the English language. They codeswitch easily into the English language, if they are forced to speak it. Often, one comes across children one would ask their names in the Igbo language and they would reply in the English language. This paper x-rays the problems the Igbo language suffers in the hands of its native-speaking youths and proffers solutions for future progress.
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