Nigerian Pidgin Captions on Lorries in Nigeria: A Sociolinguistic Study

2021 American Research Journal of English and Literature  
Lorries are among the vehicles that convey goods across Nigeria. Many of such lorries have fascinating captions expressed in Nigerian Pidgin. This paper attempts a sociolinguistic overview of selected captions on lorries. In using written language, the writer is expected to convey relevant information in terms of making the message such that can be processed easily via encoder-decoder shared knowledge. Indeed, language is the medium or vehicle for conveying ideas. The use of Nigerian Pidgin on
more » ... orries is informed by its communicative potentials, being a language that conveys the users' socio-cultural nuances at individual and collective levels. Hinging on Stance and Engagement Theory, this study concludes that Nigerian Pidgin is used as captions in lorries to transmit knowledge, lampoon societal vices, and awaken the readers' consciousness on states-of-affairs.
doi:10.21694/2378-9026.21021 fatcat:wcyi2t6x5bghnazs3cyr3svtfy