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Abioye, T. and Ajiboye, Esther (2014) A LEXICO-STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF KAINE AGARY’S YELLOW-YELLOW. In: Language, Literature and Style in Africa: A Festschrift for Professor Christopher Olatunji Awonuga. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, England, pp. 115-130. ISBN 1-4438-7044-7; 978-14438-7044-3

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Creativity, the expression of a writer’s imagination, is drawn from the totality of the writer’s experiences. Writers use language, the common middle-ground and the writer’s communication tool, to convey or express their experiences (as in the case of Yellow-Yellow) as well as their cultures and backgrounds which they may or may not share with their readers. A people’s culture certainly includes their language (Bodley 2008). This implies that language in use cannot be excluded from the society in which it is used. Moreover, context is a major determinant of any act of language behaviour while choice of words and meaning derivations are a factor of context or environment (Bright 2006). Firth’s (1957:173) view of language as “occurring in a culturally determined context of situation” is, therefore, apposite. Eggins (2004:8) states that “our ability to deduce context from text is one way in which language and context are interrelated”. In the light of this, this chapter illustrates the relationship between language use and style, the manner in which the writer’s experience is conveyed, at the lexical level to showcase the distinctly Nigerian or Niger-Deltan flavour of Yellow-Yellow.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: A General Works > AI Indexes (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr. Esther Ajiboye
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 13:23
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 08:48

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