Publication details [#67124]

Mensah, Eyo. 2019. The New Language Policy of the Nigerian Army: National Integration or Linguistic Imperialism? Journal of Asian and African Studies 54 (3) : 331–345.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


The new language policy of the Nigerian Army recognizes and promotes the dominant languages as resources for military training, intelligence gathering and peace building, while the dominated languages are marginalized, alienated and relegated, thus the policy infringes on the fundamental linguistic rights of speakers of minoritized languages in the army. This article calls for explicit status planning of the Nigerian Pidgin to serve as the language of wider communication in the army in response to its emerging sociolinguistic challenges.