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Nigerian English

For the pidgin, see Nigerian Pidgin.
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Nigerian English also known as Nigerian Standard English is a dialect of English spoken in Nigeria.[1] It is based on British English, but in recent years, because of increasing contact with the United States, some words of American English origins have made it into Nigerian English.[which?] Additionally, some new words and collocations have emerged from the language, which come from the need to express concepts specific to the culture of the nation (e.g. bride-price, senior wife).[2]

Nigerian Pidgin, a pidgin derived from English, is more used in informal conversations than Nigerian English, although Nigerian Standard English is used in politics, the media, and other official uses.

See also


  1. ^ "Nigerian English". Encarta. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Adegbija, Efurosebina. (1989) "Lexico-semantic variation in Nigerian English", World Englishes, 8(2), 165–177.

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