In the time past, language attitudes has been analyzed and debated upon with
respect to how languages can be endangered, and how they can die. The two
main points to be considered in this research are: attitude and language,
and how teenagers manipulate them.
Attitude is defined as the way
that one thinks and feels about somebody or something, the way that one behaves
towards somebody or something that shows how one thinks and feels. While
language is defined as the system of communication in speech and writing that
is used by people of a particular country. Also, another dictionary definition
of language is a particular style of speaking or writing.
So for the purpose of further
development and preservation of the Ibibio Language, this research is going to
be concerned with the behaviour exhibited by teenagers In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
particularly those in the Uyo Local Government Area of the State to their
1.2 Significance and Scope of the Study
The study “language attitudes among teenagers and its effects” is a study of
how language is being approached and manipulated by teenagers in Uyo district
of Uyo Local Government Area of AkwaIbom State, for their day-to-day
interaction, fellowship and relationship.
1.3 Purpose of this Study
This research aims at seeing why teenagers behave the way they do to language
(what influence and inform the behaviour so exhibited to language), see the
effect of their behaviour on their indigenous language, and proffer possible
solutions aimed at internalizing the language in the minds of these teenagers
thereby preserving the language.
In analyzing various related
texts in relation to this field, a socio-linguistic method of approach is used
in examining the behaviour or attitudes exhibited by teenagers in Uyo Local
Government Area of AkwaIbom State to their indigenous language vis-à-vis
English and pidgin.
Also, questionnaires are used
in the observation of their attitude to language as a means of data collection.
1.5 Statement of the Problem
Most language users do not see the language that they speak as a definition of
their race, their culture, and their personality. Negligence, ignorance
and quest to follow the current trend have left Africans in general and
Nigerians in particular far from their root – their source/who they really are.
So in this research, ways in which we have drifted from our culture (through
the embracing of a foreign language) are being elaborated upon, and suggestions
on how to re-position our attitude to our indigenous language are made
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