Exploring the Semiotics and Praxis of Paralinguistic Signs between the Igbo and Hausa Extractions of Nigeria

Akujobi, O.S.


The impact of paralanguage on all forms of human interactions cannot be underestimated. It is perceived that this form of communication skill could enhance language appreciation, minimize semantic misinterpretations and consequently mitigate inter-tribal conflicts. The survey assayed these devices among the Igbo (n=45) and Hausa (n=45) ethnic groups of Nigeria randomly sampled.  Data were analyzed using the Ferdinand De Saussure’s theory of Semiotics. Statistical analysis with Chi-square showed that there is a statistically significant association between the similarities and differences of paralanguage among these ethnic groups.

Keywords: Paralinguistics, inter-tribal conflict, Communication, Igbo, Hausa.


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