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  • Name: CODE MIXING AS A SOCIOLINGUISTIC MEDIUM IN SOME SELECTED SONGS IN THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
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ABSTRACT

Language plays an important role in the society and this leads to the study of code mixing in relation to sociolinguistics and how code mixed utterances have been triggered as a result of language gap, stylistic motivations, domains, societal factors, message intrinsic factors, physical settings and situational factors. This work examined how these motivations have resulted in code mixed utterances by critically analyzing randomly selected utterances from the randomly selected songs of artistes in the Nigerian music industry. It was discovered that English language has adapted to the Nigerian context which brings out the creative and unpredictable nature of language users. It is therefore safe to conclude that motivations for code mixing enhance communication among cadres of people linguistically united or disjointed.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page                                                                                            i

Certification                                                                                        ii

Dedication                                                                                          iii

Acknowledgement                                                                              iv

Abstract                                                                                              v

Operational Definition of Terms                                                         vi

Table of Contents                                                                               vii

CHAPTER ONE

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study                                                                   1

Statement of Research Problem                                                          1

Aims and Objectives                                                                           2

Delimitation and Limitation                                                               2

Justification                                                                                         3

Methodology                                                                                      4

CHAPTER TWO

LITERATURE REVIEW

Introduction                                                                                        5

Sociolinguistics                                                                                   6

Code Mixing                                                                                       8

Motivations for Code Mixing                                                             11

Message Intrinsic Factors                                                                   12

Situational Factors                                                                              12

Language Gap                                                                                     13

Societal Factors                                                                                   13

Physical Setting                                                                                  14

Domain                                                                                               14

Stylistic Motivations                                                                           14

Functions of Code Mixing                                                                  15

Nigerianism                                                                                         15

Phonetics and Phonology                                                                   15

Morphology and Syntax                                                                     17

Lexis and Structure                                                                             18

Summary                                                                                             19

CHAPTER THREE

DATA ANALYSIS

Introduction                                                                                        20

Datum One                                                                                         20

Datum Two                                                                                         22

Datum Three                                                                                       24

Datum Four                                                                                         25

Datum Five                                                                                         27

Datum Six                                                                                           28

Datum Seven                                                                                      30

Datum Eight                                                                                       33

Datum Nine                                                                                        35

Datum Ten                                                                                          38

Discussion                                                                                           41

Summary                                                                                             42

CHAPTER FOUR

SUMMARY, FINDINGS, CONCLUSION

Summary                                                                                             43

Findings                                                                                              44

Conclusion                                                                                          44

Bibliography

 

CHAPTER ONE

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

  • BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

Society impinges on language, and language impinges on the society. Hence, there must be a relationship existing between language and society. The interdependency of these two entities – language and society led to the study of sociolinguistics. Sociolinguistics is the study of all aspects of linguistics applied towards the connections between language and society, and the way we use it in different language situations.

Language is seen as a unifying force and a common ground among various people through which effective communication is carried out. It has however been noticed that even within the same language, there are different ways or styles of speaking. The contact English language had with Nigeria and her indigenous languages and a bid to communicate effectively across and within ethnic boundaries (cases of intra and inter ethnic communication), led to code mixing.

 

  • STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEM

The multilingual nature of the country and some individuals’ multilingual or bilingual competence and the inter-language relationship existing between English language and over four hundred indigenous languages in Nigeria have led to code-mixing in conversation, discourse and communicative competence. These lead to the following questions

  1. Is there any limit(s) or constraint(s) to code-mixing?
  2. Is code-mixing really necessary in discourse?
  • What informs code-mixing?
    • AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

This research is informed by questions arising from code-mixing in the lyrics of songs in the Nigerian music industry. This research focuses on some songs in which Yoruba language predominates in the Pidginize English medium used. This research attempts at discovering why the artistes code mix in their songs.

This study will examine the various reasons and motivations for code-mixing. This study will look at how the artistes have arrive at a communicative end via code-mixing and examines the success or otherwise of this trend.

1.4       DELIMITATION AND LIMITATION

Due to the researcher’s level of proficiency, knowledge and understanding of the English, Yoruba and Pidgin languages, the researcher will cover some selected songs in the Nigerian music industry in which these languages are used.

To achieve the success of this research work, the work is limited to code-mixing.

1.5       JUSTIFICATION

This is regarded as an addition to the existing stock of researches on the subject of code-mixing. However, to the knowledge of the researcher, no work has done a study of code-mixing as a sociolinguistic medium in the Nigerian music industry. This study aims at tackling code-mixing as used in the lyrics of songs of some artistes in the Nigerian music industry. This study will therefore be useful to students of sociolinguistics generally.

 

1.6      METHODOLOGY

Ten songs will be chosen randomly from the lists of songs in the Nigerian music industry and these songs will be analyzed alongside the reasons and motivations for code-mixing.

 

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