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  • Area of Specialization: Descriptive linguistics
  • Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • Prof. (Mrs.) Roseline Oro Aziza (nee Olomukoro) holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in English from the Univeristy of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) (1976), M.A. Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (1980), P.G.D.E. from the University of Benin (1989) and Ph.D Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (1997). She has been a lecturer for most of her working years, teaching English, Linguistics and Urhobo course in various institutions of higher learning including the Rivers State College of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt (now Ignatus Igbariam University of Education), the College of Education, Warri and Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka. She became a Professor of Linguistics in 2007. She has held several administrative positions in the institutions where she has worked. At the Delta State University, she was Acting Head, Department of Languages and Linguistics (2000-2005), two-time Associate Dean, Postgraduate School (2005-2006, 2009-2011). Dean, Faculty of Arts (2011-2015), and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) (2015-2019). In fact, she became the first elected female Dean of a Faculty in Delta State University, Abraka. She has served as Chairman/Member of several University Committees. She has published widely in reputable journals nationally and internationally. She is a member of many academic/professional associations both in Nigeria and abroad including the Nigerian Academy of Letters (MNAL) and is a Fellow of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (FLAN). She is a Consultant on African languages projects to two American universities, an External Examiner to many universities in Nigeria at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has served as Chariman/Panel Member for NUC Accreditation Teams to several Nigerian universities. Prof. Aziza has used her training as a linguist to develop and promote the study of indigenous languages. She championed the introduction of Itsekiri, Isoko Izon ans Urhobo as academic subjects at the College of Education, Warri leading to the award of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in these languages and the B.A. Linguistics/Urhobo programme at the Delta State University, Abraka. She led the team that developed the Federal Government approved curriculum for the teaching of Urhobo at the Basic education level (Primary 1-3, 4-6 and JSS1-3).
    My Publications
  1. Aziza, Rose O (2015) ICT and the Development of Nigerian Languages, NILAS: Nigerian Languages
    Vol.2 Pages:

  2. Aziza, Rose Oro (2015) Aspects of the Syntax of Modern Nigerian Pidgin, 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
    Vol.Paper 3122 Pages: 11 -16

  3. Aziza, Rose Oro and Rita Ochuko Mebitaghan (2014) Issues in transcribing and translating Urhobo proverbs into English, The Journal of West African Languages Vol.XLI Pages: 3-12

  4. Ojaide, Tanure and Rose Aziza. (2014) “Urhobo Etymology”. Aridon The International Journal of Urhobo Studies Number , Foreign, indexed
    Vol. Pages: 103 – 112

  5. ii) Aziza, R. O. (2011) Teaching and Usage of Nigerian Languages: An Analysis of the Problems and Prospects, Abraka Journal of the Humanities, A Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Delta State University, Abraka
    Vol.4(1) Pages:

  6. Aziza, Rose O (2008) Neutralization of Contrast in the Vowel System of Urhobo, Studies in African Linguistics Vol.37.1 Pages: 1-19

  7. Aziza, Rose O. and Don Utulu (2006) Loanword Phonology: English in Urhobo and Yoruba., Journal of West African Languages Vol.XXXIII.2 Pages: 3-21

  8. Aziza, Rose O (2006) An Overview of the Tone System of Urhobo., Journal of African Languages and Linguistics Vol.27.2 Pages: 113-126

  9. Aziza, Rose O. and Macaulay Mowarin (2006) Phonology- Syntax Interface in the Derivation of Yes/No Questions and sentential Negation in Urhobo, Journal of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria
    Vol. 9 Pages: 56-62

  10. Aziza, Rose O. and Ebi F. Obikudo (2005) Language and Politics in Nigeria: The Case of the South-South Geo-Political Zone of the Niger-Delta Region. , USEM Journal of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
    Vol.1 Pages: 78-88

  11. Aziza, Rose Oro and Ken Safir. (2005) A Sketch of the Pattern of Anaphora in Urhobo , Afranaph Vol. Pages:

  12. Aziza, Rose O (2004) Phonological Processes and Orthography in Urhobo, Calabar Journal of Francophone Studies
    Vol.1.4 Pages: 66-81

  13. Aziza, Rose O (2004) An Analysis Of Problems Facing The Study Of Urhobo, Journal of Educational Research and Development
    Vol.3.1 Pages: 85-99

  14. Aziza, Rose O (2004) Negation in Southwestern Edoid: The Case of Urhobo, Proceedings, 4th World Congress of African Linguistics, New Brunswick 2003 A. Akinlabi. Koln: Rudiger Koppe
    Vol. Pages:


  16. vii) Aziza, Rose. (2003) Threatened Languages and Cultures: The Case of Urhobo., African Journal of Applied Linguistics
    Vol.04 Pages: 139-150

  17. Aziza, Rose O. (2003) Tonal Alternations In the Urhobo Noun Phrase.” , Studies in African Linguistics Vol.32.2 Pages: 1-23

  18. Aziza, Rose O (1999) The Written Language, The Teacher and The Student: The Urhobo Example., Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference of the Modern Languages Association of Nideria (MLAN), Benin City
    Vol. Pages: 10-13

  19. Aziza, Rose O. (1997) Languages in Contact: Urhobo and English in the Warri Area of Delta State, Nigeria, Journal of Research in Education
    Vol.1.1 Pages: 1-16

  20. Aziza, Rose O (1996) The Relationship Between Language Use and the Survival of Culture: The Case of Urhobo Youths, Nigerian Language Studies
    Vol.4 Pages: 31-35

  21. Aziza, Rose O (1994) Urhobo Vowel Harmony, Nigerian Language Studies
    Vol.2 Pages: 1-7

  22. Aziza, Rose. (1991) Human and Material Resources in the Teaching and Learning of Urhobo., Theories and Their Applications in the Study of Language and Literature in Nigeria: Acts of the 8th Biennial Conference of the Modern Languages Association of Nigeria, Nsukka,5-7 Feb, 1991.
    Vol. Pages: 91-100