Research Papers/Topics in English And Literary Studies

INVESTIGATING THE PERLOCUTIONARY THRUST OF LANGUAGE OF PROPAGANDA IN THE POLITICAL WRITINGS ON NIGERIA’S 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS.

AbstractWords perform actions. Language and in fact words have different functions and according to the speech act theory of J.L Austin, utterances both written and spoken have a particular effect it should have on the listener. Many researchers have written on political campaign speeches and a universal trend in them - propaganda in Nigeria. The researcher feels that the related works previously done on the field of enquiry did not probe into the underlying intentions beneath the speaker’s...

CONTENDING ABSURDITY; ANALYSING THE LANGUAGE OF DISILLUSIONMENT IN ESIABA IROBI'S SELECTED POEMS

INTRODUCTIONThis study is premised on the language of literature in general and language of poetry specifically. It derives from and is predicated on the seemingly developing trend of disillusionment in post-independence African literature. The researcher chooses poetry because “the commonly accepted notion [is] that poetry represents a vehicle through which one’s deepest and most distilled thoughts may be expressed,” (Matambirofa et al, The Problematics of a Feminist ontology, 2006: 87...

A STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE OF ADVERTISING BY GSM NETWORK PROVIDERS IN NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS

ABSTRACTAdvertising is a distinct form of communication and the language used for communicating adverts is distinctive and alluring. Advertising as a form of communication requires a lot of imagination, creativity and logical thinking for it to be effective and successful. The aim of this study is to analyse how GSM network providers employ stylistic features in advertising to the target audience. The study explores non-verbal elements such as slogan, colours, logo, celebrity endorsements, pi...

LINGUISTIC PORTRAYAL OF 'OTHERNESS' IN SELECTED HOMOSEXUALITY-THEMED NOLLYWOOD MOVIES

ABSTRACTMore often than not, sexuality and appurtenant topics are publicly downplayed or avoided in the Nigerian society. The present study was hinged on the assumption that alternative sexualities, specifically homosexuality, are portrayed through the postmodernist prism of the ‘ Other’ . This study examined how language is used to express the otherness of homosexuality in selected Nollywood movies. Its specific objectives were to identify and categorize the representations of homosexual...

OGUN APOTHEOSIS AND THE CONTEXTS OF DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE IN OLOJO FESTIVAL OF ILE-IFE

ABSTRACTThis research explores critically the context of dramatic performance in Olojo Festival, a traditional celebration in favour of Ogun in File Ice. In the course of discussing the dramatic elements and performances embedded in it, the props and costume used also come to the fore. It further questions the role of Ogun as an hero before his deification as purported by the Euhemerist, with a view to accounting for his bravery, courage and greatness.His role as the god of Iron and why adher...

WOMEN, CULTURE AND FEMINIST

ABSTRACTThe roles that women are assigned are protected and enforced by the men because it gives them power and control over the women. Child bearing gives a woman an identity according to the cultural set up. This work focuses on the female protagonists in order to highlights the reaction from the society on individuals who refuse to operate within the acceptable scheme of things. By refusing to operate within the boundaries of power as set by culture, they make voice for the voiceless women...

TRANSITIVITY IN SELECTED NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON FULANI HERDSMN ACTIVITIES

ABSTRACTReports on Fulani herdsmen activities have occupied the news media. This reports most often foregrounds power of the herdsmen and backgrounds the fear of the people. Language has a strong influence over people especially in the dissimilation of information. The language of reporting terrorism usually has a complex structure. The reporters and editors’ choice of language to capture the scene and act is what makes the complexity as it put the attitude of the audience into consideratio...

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN FICTION. A STUDY OF CHIKA UNIGWE’S ON BLACK SISTERS’ STREET AND IFEANYI AJAEGBO’S SARAH HOUSE

ABSTRACTHuman trafficking is a global phenomenon, and in most cases, women are core victims of trafficking for sexual purposes. The push and pull factors are what contribute to the growth of trafficking, in which traffickers use the pull factors to lure vulnerable women and girls into this global capitalist flesh trade. This study will be using Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street and Ifeanyi Ajaegbo’s Sarah House as case study to examine how women are being subjected to all forms of...

THE SUPERNATURAL IN AMOS TUTUOLA’S THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD AND MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS

ABSTRACTThis research x-rays the existence of the supernatural and its role in reality which has become a pre-dominant factor that has gained prominence and importance from time immemorial, and how writers have tried to project this concept in their literary engagements. In an attempt to establish this argument, the researcher explored Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. These novels depict and explore the idea of the supernatural in various manifestatio...

A LINGUISTIC STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF THE BLACK BOY BY RICHARD WRIGHT

ABSTRACTThe Black Boy by Richard Wright is an African American novel. It is often written by an African American Writer .This story entails the sufferings that a black American boy encountered from the White. It is often a pathetic story with pathetic treatments. These treatments are often conveyed in form of expressions. And they are examined in this work.In this project, some certain linguistic features are carried out such as: Adjective and the Other of Adjective, the use of Personal Prono...

UTOPIANISM IN ADAOBI NWAUBANI’S I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE AND FESTUS IYAYI’S VIOLENCE

ABSTRACTThis research examined itself with the contributions of two literary artists to the lives and experiences of people in the Nigerian society, especially on the concept of utopianism and the various factors hampering its fulfillment in the dystopian Nigerian society. This is because the literary artists is seen as a committed person who uses his work to advocate for an egalitarian society, it satirizes the evils of corruption, exploitation and oppression; and push the proletariats into ...

DUAL PERSONALITY IN YEJIDE KILANKO’S DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH AND YVONNE VERA’S OPENING SPACES

ABSTRACTWomen are often the victims of dual personality which various writers, in their works often down play. Dual personality is when someone has two contrasting personality in them. This is the issue examined in this study from the standpoint of Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walk This Path and Yvonne Vera’s Opening Spaces which opines that dual personality which affects behaviour can really affect the human psyche as seen in the case of Morayo, Morenike, Mrs Ncube and her fellow women...

CONTENDING INTERTEXTUAL TROPES IN AFRICAN LITERATURE: READING FROM TWO KENYAN TEXTS

ABSTRACTAfrican writers have shown that literature can do more than just narration. They use several elements of narration that indicate their cultural background, ideological inclination, and peculiar experiences. More often than not, intertextual tropes are downplayed or lightly considered as mere literary elements rather than the driving forces to every work of literature ever written by any writer, be it African or Westerner. This study examined how two Kenyan texts engage in a ...

MOTHER TONGUE INTERFERENCE IN THE ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

ABSTRACTThis study examines the effects of mother tongue on students in their efforts to acquire English as their second language. My scope of study was limited to Ado Ekiti in Ekiti state.For the purpose of the study, the following hypotheses were postulated;There will be no significant difference in the vocabulary and grammatical patterns of the L1 (Yoruba) and. L2 (English language) in the acquisition and subsequent performance of students in L2, English language,There will be no significa...

MARITAL SUBJECTIVITY IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS AND NESHANI ANDREAS’ THE PURPLE VIOLET OF OSHAANTU

ABSTRACTWomen are often the victims of domestic violence which male writers, in their thematic preoccupation with socio-political issues of the moment, often down play. This is the issue examine in this paper from the standpoint of Neshani Andreas’ The Purple Violet of Oshaantu and Chimamanda Adichie’s The Purple Violet of Oshaantu and It argues that wife battering continues courtesy of the silence of the women themselves in marriage due to the oppressive yoke of patriarchy which has come...


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