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Prof. Inyang Udofot

Birth and Education

Professor Inyang Udofot is at present a professor of English Phonetics/ Phonology in the Department of English , University of Uyo. She was born on 31 December, 1950 at Ikot Esenam in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs Brendan Udo Umoren of Ikot Esenam and the fourth child of a family of eleven children from three wives. Her father was a sanitary Inspector and her mother was a nurse.

She had her primary Education at St. Lukes School, Ikot Esenam and Holy Child School, Ifuho, 1956- 1963 and obtained a Distinction in her First School leaving certificate; her secondary education at Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo, 1964-1969 and passed her West African School Certificate Examination in Division one. She later studied for the National Certificate in Education (NCE) at the College of Education, Uyo from 1973- 1976 and was awarded a prize for academic excellence . She had her university education at the University of Benin, Nigeria, from 1979-1981 where she obtained a Bachelor of Education majoring in English( B.Ed. English) and her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Uyo in 1992 and 1997 respectively. She specialized in English Phonetics and Phonology.

She is happily married to Prof. Mbong Udofot and the marriage is blessed with four children and five grand children.

Work Experience

Prof Inyang Udofot started work as an English and French teacher in 1976 at Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo. She later transferred to the defunct School of Arts and Science, Uyo in 1981. After her Masters degree, she took up appointment at The University of Uyo as Lecturer 2 in 1992. She was promoted lecturer 1 in 1994, Senior Lecturer in 1998, Associate professor in 2000 and professor in 2003. She presented her inaugural lecture on the topic : English and the Nigerian Situation: Trends and Imperatives in April, 2007. She teaches ENG 313 Elements of Phonetics, ENG 411: Semantics, ENG.126: The Morphology of English at the undergraduate level and ENG.614: Advanced General Phonetics 615: Advanced Semantics and ENG 711: Current Theories and Theoretical Frameworks for a Language Research at the post graduate level.

She has successfully completed the supervision of 24 Masters Degree theses and five doctorate dissertations and is in the process of supervising 10 Masters Degree theses and 6 doctorate dissertations. She has supervised several undergraduate projects. She served as acting head, Department of English, 2000-2003; as head Department of English, 2009-2010 and as member of the Governing council representing senate, 2006-2010.

Research and Publications

Professor Udofot has published 42 journal articles and book chapters in national and internal journals. She has authored two books: English Semantics and An introduction to the Morphology of English and co-authored Aspects of Spoken Language and An Oral English course for Schools and Colleges. Prof. Udofot’s research area is Nigerian English phonology. Her Masters Degree Thesis was A Contrastive Analysis of English and Ibibio Phonological Systems while her Ph.D dissertation was on The Rhythm of Spoken Nigerian English .

Prof Udofot in collaboration with Prof Carlos Gussenhoven of Queen Mary, University of London has completed the project on The Codification of Nigerian English sponsored by the British Academy/Association Of African Universities – Collaboration Grant Udofot -DB-2007-03/04 and is at present working on a compilation of a Nigerian English Dictionary ( in collaboration with the Nigeria English Studies Association, NESA). She is the founding editor of the Journal of Nigerian English and Literature (JONEL) and editor of Uyo Online Journal of the Humanities.

Recognitions

Prof Inyang Udofot has the following recognitions to her credit:

  • Excellence Award in Teaching and Research by The American Biographical Association 2005.
  • Listed as a woman Achiever in Ibom Jewels, an AKBC Publication, 2006.
  • Listed in Achievers’ WHO is WHO in NIGERIA. Lagos: ACHIEVERS Communications Limited, p 889.