Research Papers/Topics in English Language

Factors Associated with Mass Failure of Students in English Language in Senior Secondary Schools in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Ogun State

ABSTRACT This  study  investigated  the  factors  associated with mass failure of  students’  in  English  language  in  Senior Secondary  Schools using four schools in Ijebu-North Local Government, Ogun-State, Nigeria. The study employed qualitative and quantitative approaches. Data was collected using classroom observation, questionnaire and documentary review. Result of the study reveals that students were highly motivated to learn English  for  future  exp...

Textual Construction of Women In select Nigerian Pop Music Videos: Acritical Discourse Approach

AbstractIdentity construction is an aspect of language formation and or representation. Extant literatures abound on identity construction in advertisements, political and computer mediated discourses, which have variously identified forms and nature of identity creations of groups. These studies however have not adequately accounted for identity creation of women in Nigerian music videos. Hence, this study investigates the way women are represented and constructed in selected Nigerian...

Verbal And Visual Interface in Select Nigerian Pop Music

AbstractThat pop music is one of the popular genres of music with much rhythm and harmony and its emphasis on romantic love songs is not news. What needs clarification is the level of interface in terms of meaning making between the verbal and visual aspects of pop music videos. This study thus investigates visual-verbal interface in select Nigerian pop music videos in order to determine the extent to which both visual and verbal modes encode and enhance meanings in the music. Three pop...

Contextualization and Meaning in Public-Sphere Discourses of Government Ministers- Citizen Interactions in Nigeria

AbstractPublic sphere discourses of government ministers-citizen interactions are common political discourse events in Nigeria. There is seemingly nothing unfamiliar about political discourses, but what needs clarification is the place of context and contextualization in encoding and decoding intentions/meanings, especially in public sphere discourses of government ministers-citizen interactions in Nigeria. Aspects of Presupposition in Jacob Mey’s Pragmatics that deal with context was adopt...

Language and ideology of political interactions in Nigeria's National Good Governance Tour (NGGT)

ABSTRACTSeveral issues have shaped political discourse in Nigeria since her independence.Speeches read from scripts and other texts as well as various media forums have beenmajor sources of data. Political interactions, dealing with spontaneous discourse/speechevents have hardly been subject of discourse. Recently one of the platforms thattransverse the Nigerian political sphere is the National Good Governance Tour(NGGT) of Nigeria; this study therefore, explores language use in the tour andi...

Discourse Strategies and Public Assessment of Persuasion in Government Ministers-Audience Political Interactions in Nigeria

ABSTRACTOfficial interactions between government ministers and the public are common political discourse events in democratic Nigeria. Previous studies on political discourse have examined language forms such as metaphor, which function as persuasive devices in ceremonial speeches, campaigns, manifestos and parliamentary debates, without adequate attention paid to the persuasiveness of discourse strategies in government minister-public interactions. This study, therefore, examined discursive ...

A Study into The Effects of Grammatical Errors in Secondary School Student’s English Essays (A Case Study of Abuja Municipal Area Council (Amac) Fct

ABSTRACTThis Research Work focused on the Study into the Effects of Grammatical Errors in Secondary School Students’ English Essays. The research was conducted on essays written by thirty (30) Students of the Secondary Schools in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). The analysis of the essays revealed the deficiencies of some of the Students in using English tense. In the use of the present tense, for instance, Students had more difficulties in the use of present tense compare to the ...

A STUDY OF PREPOSITION ERRORS IN THE WRITTEN ENGLISH OF SENIOR SECONDARY YORUBA-ENGLISH BILINGUALS IN SELECTED LAGOS SCHOOLS

ABSTRACTThe acquisition and learning of a language involves understanding and mastery of what constitutes its grammar. The research analyzes the uses of prepositions in two selected Lagos schools, Eva Adelaja Senior Girls Grammar School and Eben Noble College. The sample of the study consisted of 40 students. The data elicitation instrument was a writing task in which students were asked to write an argumentative essay. The quantitative findings showed 12 prepositions (to, on, about, in, of, ...

A SEMANTIC STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF UYO’S SLANG EXPRESSIONS

The rapid development of human society has a great influence on the most important tool of communication—language. The modern way of living goes faster and new trends are also reflected in the development of language in a form of various new words and expressions as well as the improvement, and facilitation of grammar structure. Comparison of these two linguistic areas shows that vocabulary grows rapidly that the communicative function of language claims more novel and concise expressions i...

The Place of English Language in Nigeria.

The English language in the Nigeria setting toady is a victim of untold abnormalities. This can be attributed to the serious crises generally agreed to exist in the educational sector of the country. This disgraceful problem has been diagnosed to be the aftermath from abysmal incompetence in the use of English in all tiers  and levels of formal education and in fact the whole society at large. Put in another way, expert has deduced that “English language is poorly taught...

Sociolinguistics: Code mixing and Code switching

AbstractCode-switching and code-mixing which are linguistic phenomena in bilingual societies are inevitable consequences of language contacts. These linguistic features which are also referred to as style shift are in some quarters considered as pointers to linguistic incompetence in bilinguals. This paper distinguishes between the two linguistic concepts and addresses the question: Whether or not they are index of linguistic non-proficiency in Nigerian bilinguals based on English and the thr...

English Syntax: Modal Auxiliary 'Shall'

ABSTRACTThis paper succinctly discusses the modal auxiliary verb, ‘shall’, in relation to other modal auxiliaries. ‘Shall’ is treated both from the semantic and syntactic perspectives. In other words, the subject is examined along the purview of meaning relations and structural arrangements.

Innovation in new English: Nigerian English example

This work aims at the analysis of innovation in new Englishes; using Nigerian English as its focus.Nigerian English according to scholars has its distinctive features,these features are the main focus of this work. 

FOOD CONSUMPTION PATTERN AND MICRO NUTRIENT INTAKE OF MOTHERS IN OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE.

ABSTRACTThis study was carried out to assess the food consumption pattern and micronutrient intake of mothers in Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos State. One hundred and eighty respondents were selected randomly. Data was collected using food frequency and anthropometric data such as height, weight and body mass index. Other date collected include the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the respondents. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis ...

A CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF PROPAGANDA IN SELECTED SPEECHES OF GLORIA STEIN

ABSTRACTThis thesis examines the use of language as propaganda using the Discourse-Historical Approach in Critical Discourse Analysis. The semantic dimensions, discursive and linguistic strategies in Gloria Steinem's and Adolf Hitler's speeches are critically analysed in order to achieve the research objectives.TABLE OF CONTENTPages Title Page iCertification iiDedication iiiAcknowledgments ivTable of Content vList of Tables viiChapter One: Introduction 11.0 Introduction 11.1 Background to...

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