DOCUMENTATION AND REVIVAL AS LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION TOOLS: THE CASE OF IRU MGBEDE IN IGBO CULTURE

Anne Onyinye Nwankwo

Abstract


Norms and values of any society serve as behavioral principles set to mold humans in such communities. The secret to a successful human /individual molding lies in the effectiveness of speech used in transmitting information. Speech patterns in use as norms and values during the Iru mgbede cultural grooming of some Igbo communities are reviewed in this paper as one sustainable approach to eliminating marital lapses caused by a lack of basic acquisitions of cultural values among women and a means of reviving Igbo speech patterns for posterity.   In view of this, this paper examines the consistent indigenous speech patterns used in the transmission of these cultural norms. Data for the work were mostly collated from an oral interview randomly conducted among females between 50-108 years of age from different Abia, Anambara, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states in the Eastern part of Nigeria. Written texts were also consulted. The Social Norm Theory (SNT) approach being a multidisciplinary framework was adopted for analysis of the generated data. Findings reveal that the high rate of socio-cultural aberrations like marriage failure results from a lack of cultural norms and values instilled through constant related speech patterns. The paper recommends a one on one self-actualization dialogue of innate potentials attainable only  through the peaceful co-existence of spouse and children achieved through early interactions as best practices for stabilizing marriages and revitalizing Igbo  language.


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