• Area of Specialization: Syntax, Semantics, Applied linguistics
  • Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • A BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHY Emuobonuvie Maria Ajiboye is a native of Oria-Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria and married to a Yoruba man. She is one of the foundation members of the Urhobo Studies Association, domiciled in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Delta State University, Abraka, and served as the first secretary. She was the first staff to be engaged by the University to teach Urhobo language in the department where she teaches different courses in Urhobo Language and Linguistics, till date. She entered into Urhobo language studies via a field assignment given to her and her course mates at her second year at the University of Benin as an undergraduate. They were asked to collect and document oral narratives from their villages, in their native tongue and translate to English language. Most of her research work is on Urhobo language studies and has attended a number of trainings and conferences within Africa, in the US and Germany relating to the teaching and learning of Urhobo language. She is a Fellow of the National African Language Resource Centre, University of Wisconsin – Madison and also a Fellow of Ife Institute of Advanced Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. She is currently undergoing a PhD programme in Syntax and Semantics at the University of Benin. Her current research focus on a morphosyntactic study of vowel reduplication in Urhobo aims at stepping up works on Urhobo Language orthography. Mrs Ajiboye is an avid researcher on issues that relate to the teaching and learning of Urhobo language. She has initiated a lot of projects in the Urhobo language unit of the department such as using the language to run football commentaries, in rap as well as some aspects of information technology.
    My Publications
    • 1. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2018) Context-sensitive rules in Urhobo , Journal of Research and Development in Arts and Social Sciences
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    • 2. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2018) Idiosyncratic dialect of novice speakers of Urhobo in Delta State University, Abraka , Scholarship and Commitment: Essays in Honour of GG Darah
      Vol. Pages: 431-440

    • 3. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2016) Forms and function of Wafi, Nigeria Police Academy Journal of Humanities
      Vol.1(1) Pages: 341-352

    • 4. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2014) Compounding in Urhobo , Journal of West African Languages Vol.41 Pages: 13-29

    • 5. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2014) Degree construction of gradable predicates in Urhobo , ANSU Journal of Arts and Social Sciences Vol.2(2) Pages: 80-90

    • 6. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2013) Language use and human sensitivity , Abraka Humanities Review
      Vol.5(1) Pages: 194-208

    • 7. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2013) Multimodality in teaching indigenous languages for individual transformation and national development: The case of Prezi, Faculty of Education Journal
        Vol. Pages: 64-71

    • 8. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2012) Proverbs and the management of conflicts, Language, Literature & Communication in a Dynamic World: A Festschrift for Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche
      Vol. Pages: 305-317

    • 9. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2011) A morphological analysis of verb forms in Urhobo , Abraka Humanities Review
      Vol.4(1) Pages: 98-114

    • 10. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2010) Language as an inquiry into the meaning of life , Proceedings of the conference in honour of Prof Romanus Nnagbo Egudu
      Vol. Pages: 224-227

    • 11. Ajiboye, Emuobonuvie M. (2010) Linguistics and the language dilemma in Nigeria: A case for institutionalizing indigenous languages, Proceedings of the Faculty of Arts International Conference of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
      Vol. Pages: 269-274