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Discussing the Igbo language on the Igbo Internet radio: Explicating ethnolinguistic vitality

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There is a growing concern about the decline and possible extinction of the Igbo language. The Igbo are primarily located in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. This study analysed four interviews on Igbo Radio, an Igbo Internet radio station, to ascertain how Internet radio is being utilized in discussing the decline of the Igbo language. Drawing on ethnolinguistic vitality theory, this qualitative study triangulates four selected interviews on Igbo Radio, the website, and personal observations for the analysis. Three salient themes emerged: (1) decline and challenges of the Igbo language, (2) second-generation immigrants and the Igbo language, and (3) sustaining the Igbo language. The findings suggest that Igbo parents appear to have less vitality; as a result, they tend not to teach their children Igbo.

Keywords: Igbo Radio; Igbo language; Internet radio; diaspora; ethnolinguistic vitality; media; second generation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: James Madison University

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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