African Language Studies Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTION: B.A. IGBO PROGRAMME

IGB 101:        Elementary Igbo I

This involves the study of the principles of Igbo language with the view to making the students ompetent in the writing skills and spelling rules of Igbo.

 

IGB 102:        Elementary Igbo II

The basic parts of speech in Igbo are studied. Note is taken of the need to drop the traditional grammar

method in the study of Igbo grammar.

           

           

IGB 103:        Introduction to the Igbo people and their Language.

The course exposes the students to the Igbo people, their language, origin, oral history and relationship with their neighbours in Nigeria and Africa. These encompass Igbo orthography and orthography development, history of the development of Igbo language and scholarship in the past years.

 

IGB 104:        Composition and Comprehension

(i) A survey of basic theories of composition as an art including basic rudiments in creative writing. Practice in the writing of composition of all types on selected subjects and topics-development of outlines; the paragraphs and its significance in the development of compositions; logical arrangement of the various parts and paragraphs; the assessment and appreciation of finished composition.

(ii) A survey of the theories of reading fast and accurate understanding. Practice of reading of selected passages, chapters, books and other materials and the art of answering questions on the work contextually.

 

IGB 111:        Creative Writing in Igbo

Advanced composition including full-scale creative writing in prose, poetry and drama. The art of composing and writing of these literary genres including techniques in creating and writing of short and long stories, dialogues, poems, etc. invoking the use of high imaginative skills by the students.

 

IGB 121:        Introduction to the history of the Igbo Speaking People  

This course is designed to give the students an indept knowledge of the history of the Igbo people. Area of emphasis are: oral history of many towns in Igbo culture area; Igbo migration theories – semantic, Hemotic, Chadian Centre, the Eri example, Israelic theory, archeological sources – Ugwuele, Afikpo, Nsukka and Igbo-Ukwu Evolutionary theory and Linguistic evidence.

 

 

 

IGB 141:        Introduction to Linguistics I

This course is intended to make students think about the phenomenon of language and to introduce them to Linguistics as the discipline devoted specifically to language. Language as effective communication. Linguistics as the scientific study of language. Descriptive Linguistics: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Sociolinguistics. Psycholinguistics. Applied linguistics. Copious examples in Igbo language highly desired.

 

 

IGB 142:        Introduction to Linguistics II

This course is a continuation of IGB.141. Phonetics as a discipline.  Human speech organs. Articulatory phonetics. Practice in phonetic transcription. General phonetics. Principles of phonology; contrast, free variation, complementary distribution. Regular practice in phonetic analysis through graded problems. Copious examples in Igbo language highly desired.

 

IGB 201:        Intermediate Igbo I.

This encompasses the study of the basis articulatory skills in Igbo phonology with concentration on the production and description of Igbo vowels, consonants and the syllabic results.

 

IGB 202:        Intermediate Igbo II

This course aspires to introduce Igbo oral and written literature at intermediate level to students with special focus on (i): the nature, characteristics and importance of Igbo oral literature (ii): the theoretical elements of the three genres of written Igbo literature drama, poetry and prose fiction, and (iii): types and functions of Igbo figures of speech and rudiments of literary appreciation.

 

IGB 203:        Use of Igbo Language

This is designed to encourage awareness in the students about the status of Igbo language among the three major national languages. Areas of emphasis are: need for mastery of the language by indigenes; its use in daily life; problems confronting Igbo language; need for its use at national and international levels; common every day errors in the use of the language, etc.

 

IGB 204:        Igbo Phonology I

Application to Igbo of the basic principles of phonetics and phonology introduced in IGB.142. Special attention will be devoted to vowel harmony, tonology, and major phonological processes.

 

IGB 205:        Introduction to Semantics

This involves the study of the factor that affect “word meaning” and the “meanings” of other aspects of language with emphasis on associations, connotation, collocation and semantic field. As regards semantic field, the study will emphasize the three levels which affect meanings viz. substance, form and content.

 

IGB 206:        Igbo Morphology

Application to Igbo of various morphological processes listed in ling. 242. Special emphasis will be given to word formation. processes – such as derivation and compounding.

 

 

IGB 207:        Igbo Syntax I

A study of basic Igbo grammar. Word classes: isolation and identification on the basis of their morphological, syntactic and semantic criteria. Major and simple sentences types.

 

IGB 209:        Studies in Igbo Mechanical Accuracy

 

 

IGBO 211:     Introduction to Igbo Oral Literature

Igbo oral literature as verbal and performed art with aesthetic value; a general outline of Igbo oral literature, followed by a study of folk tales and Igbo oral poetry and traditional drama, their description and classification, a detailed analysis of each type and a study of the place of Igbo oral literature, its characteristics as well as the place of folklore in the life and philosophy of the Igbo people.

 

IGB 212:        Introduction to varieties of Igbo prose

Survey of various literary prose forms written in Igbo – their types, quantity and quality and their place in literary development in Igbo studies. A detailed study of the language and style of this literary genre. The impact of works such as Omenuko on the language and style of other literary prose forms in Igbo.

 

IGB 241:        Introduction to Phonetics

Through an expansion of the phonetic component of Linguistics, the course provides major introduction to the basic principles of speech production. It provides a description of: air stream mechanism, action of the glottis in various phonation types, aspiration etc; places and manners of articulation for consonant classification, parameters for vowel classification. The course treats the concepts of the syllable, tone and intonation as well as sounds in connected speech. Ear training and performance exercises in sound production are given to prepare students for the identification and recognition of sounds in field work. The course ends with an introduction to simple experimental techniques for sound investigation and laboratory work on practical uses of instruments in phonetics: the use of tape recorders in data collection.

 

 

IGB 242:        Introduction to Morphology

An introduction to the study of word structure and the interrelationships between elements of sentence structure. Analysis of word structure, including inflection derivation and compounding in various languages. Basic concepts in Morphology and syntax.

 

IGB 301:        Igbo Grammar

Advanced grammatical functions and usages of the Igbo language with emphasis on grammatical analysis of lexical and syntactic items of the Igbo grammatical modes: Detailed and comparative analysis of Igbo grammatical structure and behaviour to be pursued also at this level.

        

IGB 302:        Igbo Phonology II

A continuation of IGB 204 such as phonological process, assimilation, etc.

        

IGB 303:        Igbo Dialects                                                                                                            

The course is designed to expose the students to an in-depth study of various dialects of Igbo. Area of emphasis are definition of dialect; relationship between dialect and language; levels of dialectal difference; types of dialect; factors responsible for growth of dialects in a language; why a dialect appears to be more important than others, social implications of dialectal differences; firm grip of the international phonetic symbols, and dialect boundary to be emphasized.

    

IGB 304:        Igbo Syntax II

The aim of this course is to study one particular model of grammar in some depth; in tutorials it will be applied to particular languages such as Igbo.

 

IGB 311:        Forms of Igbo Poetry

A detailed study of various types of Igbo poetry, their forms, classification and style. The place of this genre in Igbo literary development.

 

 

 

IGB 312:        Literary Criticism in Igbo

A literary study, appreciation and appraisal of the three main literary genres in Igbo – Poetry, Prose and Drama. Approach to the study and analysis of literary styles and language in selected Igbo novels, poems and drama; the practical application of these techniques to the study of literary materials in Igbo.

 

IGB 313:        Introduction to Igbo Drama

A brief history and comparison of traditional and modern Igbo drama, followed by a survey of theories and practices of this genre: its place in Igbo literary studies and in the life of the Igbo people. A study of the place of theatre in drama practices and performance, improvisation and standard presentations; types of drama and their characteristics.

 

IGB 314:        Selected Igbo Prose, Poetry and Drama

An in-depth study of selected strategic literary works from the above genres. Focus should be on critical analysis as well as comparative study so as to assess the level/standard of work already produced in these three literary genres in Igbo.

 

IGB 315:        Igbo Stylistics I

The theory practice of stylistics, and a survey of the stylistics resources of Igbo language; stylistics of Igbo poetry including features such as repetition, tonal counterpoint, wordplay etc; stylistics of Igbo prose forms/writings – language use of proverb and other literary forms, didactic embellishments, etc.

 

IGB 331:        Studies of Igbo Institutions

This course is designed to introduce the students to the fundamental elements of Igbo peculiar concepts of economic, social, religious, political and educational activities and structural organizations in contrast to other ethnic group(s).

 

IGB 332:        Igbo Cultural Life, Thoughts and Beliefs

The courses is designed to expose the students to the various aspects of Igbo culture with particular reference to thoughts, beliefs and religious systems; material and invisible aspects of the Igbo culture.

IGB 333:        History of Igbo Traditional Medicine

 

 

IGB 334:        Names among Igbo People

This course is to create awareness in the students that Igbo names are not accidental or arbitrary phenomena. Areas of focus are linguistic, religious, philosophical, economic, political and social importance of Igbo names.

 

IGB 351:        Research Methodology

Exposing the students to the various methods of data collection and analysis; project design and report.

        

IGB 401:        Topics in Igbo Phonology

This course will concentrate on problem-solving techniques in linguistic analysis. Problems in phonology will be presented and discussed.

 

IGB 402:        Contrastive Studies (Igbo and English)

This course is designed to expose the students to the awareness of structural differences between Igbo and English language. Emphasis should be on areas requiring special attention in translation from English to Igbo; and in teaching Igbo language to speakers of English language.

 

 

IGB 403:        Topics in Igbo Syntax

This course will concentrate on examining grammatical features such as Nominalization, relativization, complementation with a view to applying them to Igbo Syntax.

 

IGB 404:        Theory and Practice of Translation

An introducing to the concepts of linguistics, semantics and translation. The semantic component of the course will include: the requirements of an adequate semantic theory: the distinction between lexical and sentence semantics; explanation of word meaning (reference, sense etc); some basic sense relations (antonyms, hyponym, synonymy, ambiguity etc.); idioms, phrasal verbs; lexical fields; componential analysis, collocation. The translation component will include: defining translation characteristics of a good translation, kinds of translation: the translation process.

 

 

IGB 411:        Contemporary Igbo Poetry

Advanced stylistics: a detailed examination of the processes and stylistic features in Igbo literary works; description of major stylistic categories and forms; literary forms and language; literary figures and other literary styles found in Igbo novels, works of poetry and drama and their functions.

 

IGB 412:        Contemporary Igbo Fiction

A comparative analysis of contemporary Igbo prose forms with particular reference to the literary characteristics of the individual authors. A comparative study of this Igbo literary genre in relation to other works of modern comparative literature especially those written in English. Classification of these works according to their stylistic qualities. Comparative analysis of the pre-war and the post-war novels.

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IGB 413:        Contemporary Igbo Drama

A comparative analysis of contemporary Igbo poetry forms with particular reference to the literary styles adopted by their individual authors. Attempt at their classification and evaluation. Also, a comparative analysis of contemporary Igbo drama forms (written) with particular reference to the literary styles explored by each author. A classification of these works in their order of merit and a comparison of the contemporary with the traditional forms.

 

IGB 414:        Igbo Stylistics II

 

IGB 415:        Comparative Studies in Igbo Literature

A comparative study and analysis of contemporary literary works written in Igbo and those of Igbo cultural background written in English, for purposes of contrasting their themes, styles, language, setting and cultural beliefs so as to classify them and also determine factors that are at play.

 

IGB 431:        Introduction to Igbo Traditional Music

 

 

IGB 432:        Issues in Igbo Folklore and Life

Exposing students to the discipline of folklore, and detailed study of selected topics in oral folklore and patterns of folk-life as informed by folk beliefs.

 

IGB 433:        Igbo Philosophy

This course is designed to enable students identify the fundamental/basic philosophy which gives sense of direction and Igboness to the thoughts, actions and ways of life of the Igbo people.

 

IGB 434:        Contrastive Studies of Some Nigerian Cultures

This course is designed to expose the students to the different/contrasting aspects of Igbo, Yourba, Hausa etc. peoples. Areas of stress are: mode of dressing, family life, philosophy, beliefs, and institutions.

 

IGB 445:        Lexicography I

Introduction to the principles and practice of dictionary production.

 

IGB 446:        Lexicography II

 

IGB 447:        Introduction to Semantics

 

 

IGB 452:        Project

Here the competence of the students in research methods and Igbo studies in either language, literature or culture is evaluated. The student, under a lecturer’s supervision, is to choose a research topic of his interest and write a project on a departmentally approved format.