Research Papers/Topics in Communication And Language Art

Use Of Participatory Approach In The Teaching Of Listening Skills In Kiswahili Language In Primary Schools In Wote Zone, Makueni County, Kenya

ABSTRACTThis research was done to investigate the use of participatory approach in the teaching and learning of listening skills in Kiswahili language among pupils in primary schools. The study explored the elements of the participatory approach, the rationale behind its advocacy to the teaching and learning of the Kiswahili language and the perceived outcomes. The objectives of the study were as follows :(i) To establish the approaches used by the teachers of Kiswahili in the teaching of the...

Portrayal of Female Political Aspirants in Selected Nigerian Newspapers: Revisiting Underrepresentation and Misrepresentation

Abstract Most studies of print media portrayal of women show that there is a general bias against women: not only are women under-represented, they are also negatively portrayed. But there is an emerging body of studies that challenge this dominant position, and suggest that the portrayal of women is gradually changing. This study queries the print media portrayal of women in politics in Nigeria focusing on the 2007 and 2011 general elections. Through a content analysis of 4,386 pol...

Mobile Phone Deception in Nigeria: Deceivers’ Skills, Truth Bias or Respondents’ Greed?

Abstract The use of mobile phones to deceive and defraud in Nigeria has received widespread comments and complaints but not empirical investigations. Guided by Buller and Burgoon’s interpersonal deception theory, this article examined the strategies employed by deceivers, the dimension of lies told and why mobile phone deception works among Nigerians. This it did through interviews with victims and near-victims of deception, focus group discussions with users, and participant obser...

Foreign Media Preference for Negative Frames in Coverage of Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa

ABSTRACT Foreign media have been criticised for promoting Afro-pessimism and preference for negative frames in their representation of Africa. This is more pronounced especially in reporting of terrorism in the Sub-Saharan Africa. But are the African media less guilty of this preference for negativity? This paper aimed to answer this question by assessing how news media reported terrorism in the Sahel. To achieve this objective, some existing empirical studies that investigated media...

Decongesting the Dodgy Hub: The Role of Mass Media in Curtailing Illicit Drug Trafficking and Use in Nigeria

ABSTRACT Trafficking and use of illicit drugs have become a deadly plague unleashing social and health hazards on the human race. The problem is more prevalent in the developing nations, while Nigeria is one of the most affected African countries. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has acknowledged this fact. Despite efforts by the Nigerian anti-drug abuse agencies, the rate of drug-related crimes in the country seems to persist. This paper, after presenting some s...

Performance Of Nigerian Newspapers In Selected Political Crisis Situations

ABSTRACT The press in a democratic setting sets the agenda for the society through news reports, incisive features, editorials and commentaries. Previous studies on press performance, especially during political crisis situations, concentrated more on the extent of reports of such crises and rarely investigate the factors that influence the reportage.  This study, therefore, evaluated the performance of the Nigerian newspapers in their coverage of selected political crisis situation...

The liberating role of stand up comedy in exposing socio-political concerns: An analysis of Kate William’s Katepakalypse and Trevor Noah’s That’s Racist

ABSTRACTThis thesis seeks to address the liberative role of stand-up comedy insofar as exposing socio-political issues and injustices. The thesis used qualitative research methodology to gather information. The study also used critical discourse analysis theory which primarily studies the way social power abuse; dominance and inequality are enacted, reproduced and resisted by text and talk in social and political context. Through humour comedians can say anything poli...

The Portrayal of Homosexuality in Selected American Soap Operas: A Case of Filmic Cultural Hegemony?

ABSTRACTThe research is aimed at examining whether substantial viewing of TV as hypothesized by the Cultivation theory, can prompt a thoughtful reaction to the rising presence of gay persons on TV in the American media. The study will concentrate additionally on how certain political and societal philosophies and other human issues are set into the publics through the hypothesis of Cultural hegemony and how the audience and general masses respond to this. Particular T.V shows and survey infor...

Violence and the Postcolonial State: An analysis of Christopher Mlalazi’s Running with Mother, They are Coming and Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

ABSTRACTThis research discussesviolence as it manifests in postcolonial Zimbabwe, with particular reference to Christopher Mlalazi’s Running with Mother (2012), They are Coming (2012) and Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2013).Drawing insights from Fanon and Zizek, it considers the several ways through which violence enters and disrupts the lives of individuals and communities. It notes the forms which violence takes, direct, structural and symbolic, for instance, and demonstrates t...

Comparing vowel hiatus resolution strategies in ChiHwesa and ChiManyika. An optimality theoretic account

ABSTRACTThe study makes a comparative analysis of how ChiHwesa and ChiManyika resolve vowel hiatal configurations. The dialects are against the VV sequence in structures and this triggers the application of the resolution strategies to break the vowel sequences. The comparative analysis was examined in the theoretical framework of optimality theory proposed by prince and Smolensky (1993), McCarthy and Prince (1999) and Kager (1999) which argues that constraints are universal and they belong t...

Engaging the regime of comedy: An analysis of the representation of “blackness” and “whiteness” in Leon Schuster’s: There is Zulu on My Stoep (1993) and Mr. Bones 1 (2001).

ABSTRACT:This dissertation is a multimodal discourse analysis of the representation of the fact of “blackness” and “whiteness” in Leon Schuster There is a Zulu on My Stoep (1993) and Mr Bones 1 (2001). By examining the interplay of the multiple modes engaged in the regime of comedy, the study examines how the two dichotomies are represented in the film narrative of comedy. What need to be recognized is the notion that film as text is divorced of meaning. Meaning is constructed by the ...

Influence Of Islam And Language Prestige In Kinubi Maintenance In Kibera, Kenya

Abstract: This paper strives to point out a how a language used in religious practices and a people’s prestige can influence the maintenance of an indigenous language such as Kinubi. Kinubi is an indigenous language of the Nubi people that has some linguistic homogeneity with Arabic. The linguistic relationship between these two languages has played an important role in enhancing the usage of Kinubi in the multilingual setting of Kibera, Kenya. Kinubi, in Kibera, is a minority language face...

An Appraisal of The Three Political Principals' Speeches on The Occasion of The Signing of The Global Political Agreement of 15 September 2008.

ABSTRACT The study analyses the speeches by the three political principals on the occasion of the signing of the GPA. Appraisal theory has been used as a tool for critiquing the principals’ speeches. This is a theory of emotion which implicates individual interpretations of an event influential in emotional response. The aim of this contribution is to ascertain how the speeches by politicians spark reaction from the electorate in favour of the individual public court of opinion. The o...

A critical examination of Negro identities in James Weldon Johnson’s Ex Colored Man, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Zora Nearle Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

ABSTRACTThe study focused on the construction of Negro identities in America as depicted in African American fiction. It explored and critically analysed the reasons to why Negro identities are complex and elusive in nature. The study looked at the challenges Negroes in post slavery America faced and how these challenges contributed in the construction of their identities. Among these challenges was racism and hatred towards African Americans by white America, moreover the contribution of sla...

Exploring The Digital Space As A Site Of Literary Creation

ABSTRACTAdvancements in technology in the 21st century have of late revolutionized the business industry, communication and social life as a whole. This has been made possible by various digital media platforms, the most popular being Facebook and Whatsapp. The field of literature seems to be no exception as there is material of a literary nature on these digital media platforms. This study intends to demonstrate how with the rise of digital media platforms literary production has been revolu...


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