The structure of Igbo personal names may be said to constitute a minimum grammar of the language. There is a close relationshipo between the sturcture of indigenous Ibgo personal names and the grammar of the language because the former appears to be a practical and very interesting way of presenting the latter not only to the first language speaker but also to the foreign learner of the language. These names are in the form of sentences or phrases. When they appear as single words they are invariably the short forms of longer expressions. The analysis is thus organised around sentence and phrase types. There are six major syntactic types looked at: 1. Noun phrases, 2. Positive statements, 3. Negative statements, 4. Questions, 5. Requests and 6. Complex sentences. Each of the syntactic types is treated separately in a chapter.
EBO UBAHAKWE studies English, Religious Studies and Economics at University College, Ibada, Nigeria, before taking a diploma in TESL at University of California at Los Angeles where he also obtained an MA in Education. He obtained the Ph. D. in linguistics from the University of Ibadan. He is currently Reader in Language Education at the University of Ibadan.
Language/Linguistic, Karnak House