Our main objectives include:
a) To expose students to various aspects of the study of Igbo linguistics, Igbo literature and culture with a view to helping them to achieve greater competence and sophistication in their understanding and appreciation of the values inherent in these aspects.
b) To train them to be able to apply their knowledge for the advancement of their society.
c) To prepare them for further studies in the discipline and for other relevant careers
d) To be able to engage in simultaneous broadcasting and translation and interpreting in Igbo
e) To be efficient Igbo editors and publishers with the skills acquired through the study of the Igbo grammar
f) To equip students with a sound knowledge of the principles and current theories and practices of linguistics.
g) To train them to be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in solving language related tasks and problems, particularly in their environments.
h) To prepare them for further studies in teaching, media, speech and hearing remediation and language engineering.
i) To prepare them for further studies in the discipline and for other relevant careers
j) To be able to engage in simultaneous broadcasting and translation and interpreting
k) To be efficient editors and publishers with the skills acquired through linguistics
- The programme is designed to effectively combine the objectives of the B.A. Linguistics and all other Nigerian languages and cultures as listed above
In keeping with the motto of the University of Nigeria, the philosophy of the Department is to enable man to know and understand himself and his environment through the study of linguistics and language. The discipline exposes the students to the multi-disciplinary and interlocking nature of the human society in their use of language. The programme furnishes the students with a live-long education that they can adapt in infinite ways to their chosen careers in life. It lays emphases on linguistics and the Nigerian Languages.
The programmes lead to the award of B.A. Igbo Studies, B.A. Linguistics, B.A. Linguistics and Igbo Studies, B.A. Linguistics and Ibibio Studies, B.A. Linguistics and Hausa Studies and Linguistics and Yoruba Studies. For the standard four year programme, the students are first introduced to the general principles and concerns of linguistics before they are introduced into the many areas of specialisation where linguistics is practiced theoretically or where it forms the superstructure of the areas of specialisation. Participation of students in field work and laboratory practice is mandatory.
Introductory courses in Linguistics are available as service courses in the first year for students of English, Languages, Mass Communication and other departments which need them.