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Title :

Nigerian English Usage: The Interference Phenomena

Authors :

Sajo, M. Aliyu & Hassana M. Mika?ilu

This paper explores the features of Nigerian English in the area of interference. It highlights interference phenomena as deviation from the norm of the second language English by the Nigerian speakers due to their familiarity with more than one language. The paper takes a look at the challenges faced by Nigerian speakers of English in their attempt to speak the language but transfer certain linguistic patterns of their mother-tongue in the communication process. The phenomena cover phonic, semantic, lexical and grammatical interferences as well as coinages and reduplications. The paper draws instances of the interference in terms of the regional sub-varieties of English bordering on the three major Nigerian languages of Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.