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Dissertation Information

Title: Direct and Reverse Interference: The case of English and Efik Add Dissertation
Author: Offiong Offiong Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Calabar, PhD in Linguistics
Completed in: 2007
Linguistic Subfield(s): Sociolinguistics;
Subject Language(s): Efik
Director(s): Michael Ekere
Bassey Okon

Abstract: This dissertation proposes a standardized approach to the analysis of
Direct and Reverse Interference. It is in the sociolinguistic field taking
into cognizance contact and borrowing. The languages in focus are Efik and
English and have bilingualism within its ambience. The dissertation
presents a macro-sociolinguistic profile of the Efik language, its users
and uses within the English context, incorporating perspectives from
psycholinguistics (verbal processes and discourse analysis). It goes
further to use the following levels of linguistics: phonology (phonemic
theory), syntax (Lexical Functional Grammar theory - LFG), and
sociolinguistics (anthropological theory) to analyze the data. All of these
have aided the discovery that the study of interference, which has to do
with the transference of elements of one language to another at various
linguistic levels, is what leads to the high incidences of code mixing and
code switching by bilinguals. It has also been discovered that the contact
between Efik and English, which dates back to 1800, has been of benefit to
the Efik language because of the high level of lexical borrowing. This
research measures the level of indices of interference between the two
languages in question and will serve as a wake up call to the Efik people
to ensure that their language does not become extinct.