One Nation, Four Hundred Languages: Unity and Diversity in Nigeria's Language Policy.

  title={One Nation, Four Hundred Languages: Unity and Diversity in Nigeria's Language Policy.},
  author={F. Niyi Akinnaso},
  journal={Language Problems and Language Planning},
  • F. N. Akinnaso
  • Published 1989
  • Political Science
  • Language Problems and Language Planning
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