The Relevance of Language and Literature in National Integration and Development

Published: June 2019

Author: Vanessa Chivir Adzer

About Author: Department of Languages and Linguistics. Benue State University, Makurdi

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Language is a means through which human beings express themselves, understand one another, execute programs and projects as well as create problems and equally solve them. The written form of language known as literature helps concretize these expressions and experiences. This study views language and literature as viable instruments for conflict resolution, promotion of unity and oneness among the people and the enhancement of national development at all levels; educationally, politically, economically, socially and culturally. The study employed the survey method and data was sourced through oral interview and written documents. The study posits that, harnessing the skills and resources of language and literature will enhance the proper organization of the human society, thus, eliminating conflicts and other associative prejudices. The study recommends that, individuals and the government should work harmoniously to develop the indigenous languages for onward integration and development of the nation.

Keywords: language, literature, integration, development, conflict resolution