Language use and social interactions in work places in Badagry town

Titilayo Onadipe- Shalom


This paper examines language use in workplaces. It focuses on language use by workers for interpersonal communication to meet both official and personal needs. Within Nigerian languages, very few literatures exist on the relevance of languages other than English at work. This research will fill the gap. This study undertakes a look at the language use of workers  within the Badagry local government areas. These include workers across different levels. The theory employed for this study is the domain of language behaviour as postulated by Fishman (1965) which stipulates that it is possible to have different language behaviours depending on the topic, interlocutors and the settings. Questionnaire was administered to 127 respondents who cut across different educational backgrounds. This study reveals that although, the main purpose of languages in communities is for effective communication and ethnic identification, speakers often decide on whom they will interact with and in what language. Moreover, protocols are broken in interactions to establish linguistic/communicative rights of the addresser, even at work places. This work reveals that the psychological and emotional fulfillments, necessary for effective performance and optimal productivity are realized when interactions in workplaces are done in native languages. Therefore, the writer supports the increased use of Ogu language in official settings within the Badagry areas as a survival strategy against language extinction.


Workplaces, interactions, language use, domain of language behaviour, Badagry.

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