ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF PIDGIN ENGLISH AND STANDARD BRITISH ENGLISH ON RAVE FM

 

ABSTRACT

The research analysed the use of pidgin English and standard British English on Rave f.m, Osogbo. It was observed that pidgin English otherwise known as broken English is now gaining popularity in Nigeria society particularly in Osun State as Rave F.M leading other broadcasting stations in using the language for programmes. Survey research method was employed while 150 copies of questionnaires were administered to the selected respondents who were selected based on convenience within Osogbo and its environs from which 140 copies of questionnaires were returned for analysis. However, the frequency and percentage method of data analysis was used to analyse responses.  Findings show that people in Osogbo and its environs are now seeing pidgin English as an effective means of communication everywhere without limit. Many of the respondents especially youths enjoy pidgin programmes even more than the local or even the standard British English. It is recommended that Language planners in Nigeria should work towards improving the status of pidgin by borrowing from the experience of Papua New Guinea and Tanzania where Pidgin has become the official language used in parliament. Even in Cameroon, pidgin language is very popular, though it is not an official language.

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