Resource Availability for Study of Linguistic Landscapes and Cultural Climates: The Nigerian Situation

Author: Franklin Chibuike Nwankwo (Madonna University, Nigeria)
Speaker: Franklin Chibuike Nwankwo
Topic: Anthropological Linguistics
The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 General Session


Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world has several linguistic landscapes across her massive cultural climates. Specific speech communities within geographical and cultural localities are increasingly experiencing cultural inter-mixing, cultural switching, intertwining, re-styling and re-framing of original language identifities. These developments require regular and detailed linguistic anthropological study. This review paper examined resource availability for conduct of such studies in Nigeria. It frowned at the pancity of resources (personnel, departments of anthropology in universities, library resources, fund and conferences) in Nigeria for prosecution of such studies. This paper recommends among other actions that government, universities and non governmental organizations should provide more funds and other support for study of linguistic landscapes and cultural climates in Nigeria to the benefit of the country.

Keywords: Linguistic landscapes, cultural climates, language identities, resources, linguistic anthropology