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Title: AGENTS OF PROGRESS OR PROBLEM-MAKERS?: MISSIONARY ACTIVITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IGBO LANGUAGE
Authors: IGBOANUSI, Herbert
Keywords: Conflict
Development
Igbo Language
Missionaries.
Issue Date: Dec-2006
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 27
Issue: 4
Start page: 157
End page: 168
Abstract: During the second half of the 19th century, Christian missionaries became active in various areas of southern Nigeria, including Igboland. Missionaries later learned and developed indigenous Nigerian languages in order to reach the people and spread their gospel. In particular, the missionaries worked hard to study and develop the Igbo language. However, rivalry between various missionary groups may have resulted in crises and conflicts that adversely affected the language as well as attitudes toward it. This study investigates the roles played by Christian missionaries in the development of the Igbo language, with the goal of determining whether they were in fact agents of progress or problem-makers.
DOI: 10.14989/68253
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/68253
Appears in Collections:Vol.27 No.4

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