Publisher: Linguistic Association of Nigeria

Language, Style and Register In Contemporary Hausa Environment

Muhammad Abdulhameed Dantumbishi
KEYWORDS: Language, Style, Register, Contemporary Hausa Environment


The study investigated the functions of the Hausa language in social interaction. Recent studies in sciences and humanities have indicated that languages play significant role as  the only instruments or tools used in disseminating information. Language is also used in expressing, documenting, and recording all forms of research findings. People were made to understand that communication is central to most scientific and socially related achievements the world has ever seen in history. Many issues are involved in bringing changes and development to language. The Hausa environment undergoes various stages and processes in pursuance of linguistic and social development. This is always the case  for any communities in search of nationhood. The Hausa people developed city-states, and experienced religious transformation before the British conquered the area. The Hausa language has been part of the political, social, economic and cultural development that occurred since then to the present. The Hausa language was used in education and therefore had gained considerably in the process. Today, it is one of the most developed indigenous languages in Nigeria. With Nigeria as an established institution, althoughEnglish remains the official language, Hausa has positioned itself well in all important aspects, such as education, commerce, media, and politics. Speech involves the use of  styles and registers among others by individuals and social groups in any given environment. This paper has examined the processes through which styles and registers were used and developed, and concluded that both formal and informal situations are relevant especially the latter.

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