THE TRANSLATOR/INTERPRETER AS AN AGENT OF DEVELOPMENT IN A MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY: THE NIGERIAN SITUATION

AUTHOR: Nwachukwu Emmanuel, Igono Joseph, Utah Nduka David

PUBLISHED: MARCH 2018

Abstract

Communication remains a sine qua non to the advancement of any society. It is in consideration of the indispensability of communication between entities of diverse tongues that the discipline of translation and interpretation came into being. This paper looks into the concept of multilingualism and the language situation in Nigeria. It was observed that Nigeria adequately fits into the class of societies tagged as being multilingual in nature and this necessitates the need for translators and interpreters. Against this background, their role in facilitating communication among the various linguistic conglomerates was highlighted and it was realized that their relevance remains very imperative to all developmental processes in the society. To this effect, recommendations were made towards the realization of a hitch-free translation practice in Nigeria.

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