Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Language of Palm Wine Drinkers' Club (Kegite)

Okeke Gloria Tochukwu, Mbah Boniface Monday, Okeke Chukwuma Onyebuchi
2018 Journal of Language Teaching and Research  
This paper analyses the language of Palm Wine Drinkers' Club in Nigeria, known as Kegite Club. The paper's main objective is to examine the pattern and language use of the Kegite club and highlight how it departs from the linguistic pattern found within the general society where the club exists. By using Giles (1971) Communication Accommodation Theory, the paper demonstrates how Kegite members converge with their members by using the Kegite linguistic patterns and diverge from non-members,
more » ... se non members do not understand the Kegite linguistic pattern, notwithstanding the fact that the English language forms the background of the Kegite language. The oral and documented data collected through interview and participant observation were quantitatively analyzed and categorized in groups based on the different features of the Kegite language observed. The findings of the study show that the formation, structure and language use of the Kegite club exhibit a kind of technical language attributes that are quite peculiar to it. Hence, this study classifies it as a specific type of slang.
doi:10.17507/jltr.0904.25 fatcat:vf4l4cvhafeqldpxlrqt2ujpt4