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50 Nigerian Languages To Become Extinct

The Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN) said unless proactive steps were taken, more than 50 minority languages in the country might become extinct in a few years.President of the association, Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, disclosed this in Jos on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day annual conference of LAN holding at University of Jos.Ohiri-Aniche, who was represented by Prof. Harrison Adeniye, spoke of the urgent need to revive moribund minority languages because of their importance to the cultural good of the country.He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to “reawaken” the national language policy to prevent the minority languages from going extinct. He also stated that the establishment of the centres to teach local languages will help revive some languages already extinct.Then he urged parents to always speak to their children in their local dialects to enable them to speak in the tongues.Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, charged the association to revive moribund Nigeria minority languages.Maimako, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Tor Iorapuu, said the use of local parlance among Nigerians had decreased.According to him, linguists have what it takes to address the “unfortunate” situation of language and cultural decline in the country.