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Abioye, T. (2009) THE POWER AND POLITICS OF SATIRICAL DISCOURSE IN SOME NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS. LASU Journal Of Humanities, 6. pp. 137-147. ISSN ISSN 978-274-384-4

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The study examines the satirical style as a source of literary comment generally and in selected Nigerian newspapers in particular. The objective is to find out how language is used to create a satirical piece. The study first looks at stylistics generally, and then focuses on satire as a basic sub-generic manifestation of literature in which writers employ different stylistic devices to convey their messages to their readers. It then examines selected newspaper articles written in the satirical style. The major findings of the study were that: There is a general lack of knowledge of satire as a stylistic device and how it could be used effectively, e this device for more than one reason, which include: as a source of literary fun; to provide variety from long, boring, conventional articles; and writers find it safer to use this indirect method of criticizing because of repression fears which, quite often, are real. The Nigerian reader as well as writer needs more exposure in the area of language usage so that he can acquire the level of sophistication that is necessary for him to read and write, understand, and correctly interpret messages contained in a satiric piece.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 11:26
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 11:26

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