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Resourcefulness of Rhetorical Questions in Ehusani's "A New Year Prayer for Peace"

Abioye, T. (2007) Resourcefulness of Rhetorical Questions in Ehusani's "A New Year Prayer for Peace". lbadan Journal of English Studies, 4. pp. 296-309. ISSN 0189-6253

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Abstract

This study examines the application of rhetorical questions (RQs) as a sophisticated stylistic device in literary genre. This is significant because language is the nexus of human empowerment that depicts how available linguistic resources are used to negotiate power relations and construct meaning. The study is a departure from conventional approaches to the subject in that it takes note of the frequency of occurrence and investigates, intrinsically the thematic and textual implications of RQs. It depicts the contextual appropriateness of RQs rather than as isolated maxims and reflects the level of textual cohesion. The study establishes the perlocutionary force of RQs over statements in the resolution of issues within the Nigerian socio-cultural setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rhetorical questions, content analysis, rhetorical strategies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 16:19
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 16:19
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7304

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