Research Papers/Topics in Communication And Language Art

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...

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...

An Exploration Of The Metaphor Of A Lost Home In The Post 2000 Zimbabwe. A Case Of Valerie Tagwira‟S The Uncertainty Of Hope (2006), Noviolet Bulawayo We Need New Name, (2013) And Pettina Gap

AbstractThe study is an exploration of the notion of a lost home as a metaphor in Zimbabwean literary works of the post 2000 era. The post 2000 Zimbabwe-authored selected texts are The Uncertainty of Hope (2006) by Tagwira, We need New names (2013) by Bulawayo and An Elegy for Easterly (2009) by Gappah. These novels explore the metaphor of a lost home and speak comprehensively on the issues affecting the post 2000 Zimbabwe. They do so by making se of metaphors that seek to communicate meaning...

An Intertextual Reading Of Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry With Particular Attention To The Anthology, State Of The Nation.

ABSTRACTIntertextuality is the presence of a text in other texts, intertextuality can be something that areader identifies when reading a text or it can be deliberate connections that a writer makes toother existing texts. The objective of the study is to analyse the anthology, State of the Nationand find out if the poets made any reference to already existing works as well as find out ifthe reader can make connections to already existing literary works.

Contesting the Feminist paradigm in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s texts: An Africana Womanist reading of She No Longer Weeps, Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not.

AbstractMost often, Tsitsi Dangaremga is referred to as a feminist writer. Her works have beencategorized as written in a feminist tradition. This research seeks to contest the notion that she isa feminist writer and that her works are feminist. Rather than having her texts read from aFeminist perspective, this study intends to read Dangarembga’s works from an AfricanaWomanist perspective. This research will show that the African woman does not view her malecounterpart as the enemy, but as ...

Discourse Communication Strategies Used By The Deaf Community: A Case Study Of Nzeve Deaf Children’s Centre, Zimbabwe.

ABSTRACTThe thrust of the study is to investigate and examine the CS that are employed by the Deaf Community in solving communication challenges with the hearing people. It is important to note that although the hearing and the hearing impaired people seem to be living in the same world, they transform in two separate discourse communities as there is a language barrier. Communication is an important tool in our day to day lives therefore has to be exercised efficiently for unity sake. CS pla...

Facebook as an alternative public sphere: Online Discussions of Bond notes in Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTThe research examines social media as an alternative public sphere. Special attention is paid toFacebook, a social networking site, which opened up online spaces for public dialogue on Bondnotes, a surrogate currency in Zimbabwe, in 2016. Using The Herald Facebook Page as a casestudy, the research drew insights from a number of scholars on the notion of public sphere,among them Habermas and Fraser in order to study the extent and manner in whichZimbabweans’ use of Facebook to delibe...

An exploration of the destructive impact of the construct of Physical beauty on the African American woman. An analysis of Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye (1970) and Zora Neale Hurston: Their E

ABSTRACTThe crux of the study is to unearth the effects of the process of the construct of physical beauty on the Black American woman. The study also analyses the inferiority, color complex which is defined as the psychological fixation about color and feature that leads to whites discriminating the blacks. It is in the study that I also ask how issues of the constructs of physical beauty by the African American woman leads to issues of continued self –denial, denial by the superior race a...

A representation of Zimbabwe’s socio-political and economic situation in P.O Box TV.A case study of Anotenga Here, Chaunoda Chii and Hatiuye Ikoko.

ABSTRACTThis thesis is an analysis of the representation of Zimbabwe‟s socio-political and economic climate in P.O Box‟s skits entitled Anotenga here? Chaunoda chii? and Hatiuye ikoko! It looks at the background of comedy highlighting how this genre of comedy is different from other comedy genres such as stand-up comedy. The methodology used to obtain data is the qualitative research method. The study also made use of the constructionist approach which examines the way representations are...


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