Symposium 1: The Preposition in Igbo

Date: 1st December, 2009

The traditional view that the Igbo language has only one preposition, , has been maintained up to the end of the last century. However, towards the end of the same period, and up to the present, dissenting voices could be heard. These reactions have led to the following three main approaches to the Igbo preposition: (1) the traditional view of only one preposition in the language; (2) the more recent view of more than one preposition; and (3) the view that the language has a multiplicity of bound and free structures for expressing prepositional meanings.

This symposium is an opportunity for an intense exchange of views between the representatives of the different approaches. Other issues addressed include the possible development of Igbo preposition(s) from other lexical items, as well as how the prepositions of other languages (like French, German and Spanish) are realized in Igbo. 


Schedule of Accepted Papers




Emenanjọ, N.E. (University of Portharcourt):

Prepositional Notions in Igbo 

10.30-11.00 a.m.

Mbah, B.M. (University of Nigeria):  

Category Incorporated Prepositions in Igbo

11.00 -11.30p.m.

Mmadike, B.I. (Nnamdi Azikiwe University):

The Many Sides of the Igbo -rV-Applicative


Ụba-Mgbemena, A. (University of Lagos):

The Syntax and Semantics of Igbo Prepositions


Nwala, M.A. (Ebonyi State University):

Igbo Preposition: Matters Arising

12.30 - 1.30       LUNCH BREAK
1.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Uchechukwu, C. (Nnamdi Azikiwe University):

The Categorical Status of Verbids in Igbo 

2.00 - 2.30 p.m.

Ogbonna, A. (University of Uyo):

The Syntax and Semantics of Igbo
Prepositional Phrase

2.30 - 3.00 p.m.

Okeke, C. O. (University of Nigeria):


The Lexicographic Problems of the Igbo Preposition

3.00 - 3.30 p.m.

Umoh, U. (University of Nigeria):

The Pedagogical Problems of the Igbo prepostions

3.30 - 4.00 p.m.

Uchechukwu, C. (UNIZIK) & Ezeora, I.  (UNN):

German and Igbo Prepositions: An Exercise in the Search for Equivalents

4.00-4.30 p.m.  

Uchechukwu, P. A.  (Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg):

The Realizations of the Spanish Preposition ‘a’ in Igbo

4.30-5.00 p.m.  

Elomba, F.O.  and   Okolie, M.U. (University of Nigeria):

French Prepositions and their Igbo Realizations