MINORITY LANGUAGES IN THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN NIGERIA: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC DIMENSION.

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The absence of minority languages in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in Nigeria has been an issue of concern. This is because “minority”, as the name implies, is a disadvantaged group and so national issues do not place concern on minority except majority.

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MINORITY LANGUAGES IN THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN NIGERIA: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC DIMENSION.BYSIMON ITINE ABOCHOLDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA, ABUJA.ABSTRACTThe absence of minority languages in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in Nigeria has been an issue of concern. This is because minority, as the name implies, is a disadvantaged group and so national issues do not place concern on minority except majority. For language, the matter is worst since English and the few majority languages in Nigeria have already gained ground in the polity. This paper, therefore, articulates that the government should include minority languages development in its much talked about millennium development goals. The suggestion for the inclusion of minority languages in the MDGS is as a result of the introduction of the national policy on education which states that the federal government of Nigeria has adopted education as an instrument par excellence for national development. The paper explains that development is also tied to language. It cites some countries whose developments have partly been tied to language and makes a case for the inclusion of minority languages in the MDGS for an all round national development.simonabochol@yahoo.co.uk1.0 INTRODUCTIONMost usages of minority refer to group(s) or collection of people who are not adequately represented in the mainstream of socio-cultural, economic and politica

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