English Language In Nigeria

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Language use involves appropriate linguistic behaviour in the areas of sounds, words, sentence construction, vocabulary and communication of meaning. Because of the vast nature of human language, sometimes, the selection and combination of language items result in inappropriate usage, especially in nonnative linguistic contexts such as Nigeria. New English patterns have emerged in the English spoken and written by nonnatives. Due to interconnection between education and competence and performances, one would expect that the level of performance in English among educated elite in the country will approximate that of standard British variety of English and contain less inappropriate features, especially in grammar, but this is not always the…show more content…
and several syntactic operations in English depend on the auxiliary (Ndimele, 1999, Fromkin, Rodman, Hyams & Hummel, 2006, Aarts, 2008, Radford, 2004). Two types of auxiliaries are identified in linguistic literature – primary auxiliary verbs and modal auxiliary verbs. Aarts (2008) sub-classifies auxiliary verbs into modal auxiliaries, aspectual auxiliaries, the passive auxiliary be and dummy auxiliary do. He explains that modal auxiliaries are always finite by having tense feature but do not inflect by taking inflectional affixes like –s present tense and -ed past tense endings even though they have past tense form as in can/could, may/might, shall/should, will/would except must. This information is relevant to this…show more content…
He also adds that passive auxiliary be involves movement of structures and insertion of the verb be which results in the construction of passive structures. The fourth sub-type, according to the source, is the dummy auxiliary do which occurs in negative constructions and the formation of interrogative sentences from declarative sentences. Of all the auxiliary sub-classes identified, it is only the passive auxiliary be which is not critical to this discussion. 3.0 Interrogative Sentences There are different types of interrogative sentences in English, some of which are wh-questions, rhetorical questions, polar questions, etc. (Stephens, 2014). Wh-questions and polar questions are derived through movement of lexical items from one position to another. It may be Verb movement, NP-movement, Wh-movement and movement in interrogative sentences (Radford, 2004). Movements are constrained since grammatical rules are constrained as the following examples show: 1(a) Victor will graduate this year. (b) Will Victor graduate this

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