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Title

LANGUAGE CONTACT AND WORD FORMATION PROCESSES: THE CASE OF SLANG WORDS USED BY SOME NIGERIAN UNDERGRADUATES

Authors

MBISIKE, Rosarri C
Department of English,
Lagos State University, Nigeria.

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 141-152

Language

English

Abstract:

This paper sets out to provide a characterization of word formation processes used by some Nigerian undergraduates in generating slang words, both from the English Language and also from language contact between English and some Nigerian languages like Yoruba and Igbo. Plag’s theory of analogy is adopted as the theoretical framework for this study. The analysis of the slang words reveals some of the effects of language contact within a speech community. One of such effects of language contact is what the present writer calls lexical-mixing, which involves the combination of words and morphemes of two different languages to form new words. Such new lexical items help to throw some light on how the constitutive and regulative rules of word formation condition new lexis.

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