Naija emergence : “From stigma to cool attitude” - Abuja, 26.09.2017
On September 26, 2017, the Institut français du Nigéria, in partnership with the Institute of African studies in Ibadan and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), organised a breakfast debate on the emergence of Naija as a language at national level.
Bernard Caron, French linguist and senior researcher at the CNRS, described and explained the emergence of Naija as the 1st Nigerian language over the last 50 years.
He gave a brief presentation of the NaijaSynCor project which takes an exhaustive and in-depth look at the structure of Naija in Nigeria today.
With the tools developed through his researches, he tried to respond to the linguistic problem posed by Naija: Will Naija - in its geographical and functional expansion - maintain its status as a discrete language, separate from Nigerian English, or will it undergo decreolization ?