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Male and Female in Ola Rotimi's Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again: A Sociolinguistic Overview

Soneye, Timothy and Abioye, T. (2010) Male and Female in Ola Rotimi's Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again: A Sociolinguistic Overview. International Journal of Emotional Psuchology and Sport Ethics (IJEPSE), 12. pp. 397-407. ISSN 1119 - 7048

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This paper is a sociolinguistic examination of the presentation of male and female speech in Ola Rotimi's Our husband has gone mad and again. The preference for this text amidst several others stems out of its continuous use till-date as a compulsory literature text in all Nigerian schools for more than two decades. It is assumed that for Africa and indeed the world to be an egalitarian society; teachers must find innovative ways of using language to deconstruct sexist literature and helping readers, particularly students, to imagine a world in which there can be genuine equality. The findings from this study revealed that this literal) text adopted gender sensitive or inclusive language because it overtly recognizes males and female as possessing equal potentials. The paper recommends that writers should adopt gender-sensitive language such as in this text for their literary writings, to prevent their giving a one-sided view of societies. It further suggested that teachers of literature and curriculum planners should find innovative ways of breaking stereotypes where they exist, such as the objective representation of men and women as butting-in and nagging, since both men and women take part in such speech acts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociolinguistics, male and female speech, sexist language, literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
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: 11 Oct 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 09:54

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