Research Papers/Topics in English Language

A LEXICO-SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF SELECTED SPEECHES OF IS-HAQ OLOYEDE

ABSTRACT Effective language use is a basis for communication. Language is a system of symbols which includes words and words make up sentences that in turn form a discourse. Each word and sentence exhibit different form, nature, element and meaning. Thus, lexico – semantic level of language analysis deals with the study of word and meaning. This study examined the use of word and sentence, word group, meaning relations and cohesive devices in five selected speeches of Is-haq Oloyede, t...

A LINGUISTIC STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF THE CAMPAIGN SPEECHES OF TWO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES IN THE 2011 ELECTIONS

INTRODUCTIONThe ability to communicate effectively is the hallmark of all known politicians wherefore the use of English as an international language has made more people aware of the immense power of words in politics and communication.Thus, Kamalu and Agangan (2007:35) state that language plays an important role in manifesting political wills and accompanying political actions; this is the case with political campaign, especially in Nigeria where campaign affects the electorate who are on t...

Impact of Language Laboratory for Effective Teaching and Learning of Oral English in Junior Secondary School (A Case Study of Enugu North Local Government Area

AbstractThe theoretical frame work for this study was provided by the review of literature was also prepared to enable the researcher collect enough data in regards to the study. Information was sought through primary sources such as questionnaires were used in data collection. The findings of the research work were presented in tabular form and analyzed using simple percentage.  The purpose of the study is that, to find out if there are enough language laboratories available for effecti...

THE ROMANTIC PHILOSOPHY IN THE POETRY OF WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

ABSTRACTThis research work focuses on “The Romantic Philosophy in the poetry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’’. The Romantics focus on landscape because of its natural essence and its spiritual composition. The Romantics aim at fighting for the masses and educating the public on how nature can be better treated and appreciated. They present the beauty and enjoyment of life in which they find themselves as imaginary and visionary. This work examined the theory of romant...

THE POLITICAL RHYTHM IN THE POETRY OF JACK MAPANJE THE CHATTERING WAGTAIL OF MIKUYU PRISON AND OF CHAMELEONS AND GODS: THE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

ABSTRACTThis work seeks to showcase the prevalent political situation in apartheid South Africa. The study examines two primary tests - The Chattering Wagtail of Mikuyu Prison and Of Chameleons and Gods written by Jack Mapanje. The project work brings to fore the rigorous pain and torture which the people of South Africa and political freedom writers went through during their incarceration.    TABLE OF CONTENTSTitle page          iCertification   &...

THE INFLUENCE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ON OUR NIGERIAN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES: EXAMPLES OF BORROWING FROM ENGLISH INTO YORUBA BY UNILORIN UNDERGRADUATES

ABSTRACT Generally speaking, it seems unlikely that English will cease to be used elaborately in Nigeria in a foreseeable future. This research work therefore will find out if students in the University of Ilorin borrow words from English in to Yoruba in their day to day interaction and if they do to identify this borrowings. The sample population used in this work is 80 (Eighty) students of the University of Ilorin and these students were randomly chosen from four faculties in this Univ...

SYMBOLS OF DECADENCE IN AYI KWEI ARMAH’S THE BEAUTIFUL ONES ARE NOT YET BORN

ABSTRACTThis work introduces the major variable in this research topic as well as gives a brief background of the text adopted for critical analysis. The text selected for the study, therefore will focus on the concept of symbol and decadence as well as its relevance to the novel. This research examines symbols of Decadence in this novel: Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born.  This work focuses on the theory of Marxism. The theory will then focus on the thematic concern...

SYMBOLS AND IMAGES AS POETIC TECHNIQUES IN SOUTH AFRICAN POETRY, THE EXAMPLE OF DENNIS BRUTUS AND OSWALD MBUYISENI MTSHALI

ABSTRACT This study examines the use of symbols and images as poetic techniques in South African poetic writing. The poems seek to address the issues of socio-political injustice, apartheid, oppression and man’s inhumanity to man in the society, a kind of counter – attacking the apartheid system of the  South African society, which allows for inequalities and abject  poverty of a section of the society while the other section thrives in affluence. At the end  we discov...

SOCIO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ALIENATION IN HELON HABILA’S WAITING FOR AN ANGEL

ABSTRACT Most African writers direct their literary efforts towards the arousal of Socio-political and economic awareness. Marxism, in its pursuit of socio-political change attempts to redefine human existence through class. Alienation, one of the theories of Marxism has been chosen for this research using Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel.  The novel has been analyzed by focusing on three features of alienation; social, political and economic alienation. From this work, we...

RHETORIC OF POWER; POWER OF RHETORIC: DISCOURSE IMPLICATION OF MASS MEDIA JINGLES ON HIV/AIDS

ABSTRACT     Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is a theory of language study that deals with how language relates to the social structure in term of power and dominance. It also investigates how ideological messages are passed on to the people through texts. This work has focused on the analysis of four selected media jingles (Couch Couples, Gender Equity Campaign, Peer Pressure and Stigma) using CDA with the aim of discovering how the media jingles influence HIV awareness and ...

REVOLUTIONARY AESTHETICS IN NGUGI AND MUGO’S THE TRIAL OF DEDAN KIMATHI AND HUSSEIN’S KINJEKETILE

ABSTRACTThe attempt in this study is to examine two notable East African plays, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi and Kinjeketile, against the background of revolutionary aesthetics as a means of socio-literary engagement. The work is comparative in nature. The realist dimensions in the realization of the theme of revolution are carefully examined including other major themes like oppression, exploitation, poverty, and so on. Copious inferences were drawn from the examination of the selected works. ...

Racism And Aesthetics In Alex La Guma’s A Walk In The Night And Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy

The dominant literature in Africa had been oral literature, oral literature has been existing since a long time. There was a long delay in the emergence of written literature because of the wide-spread illiteracy in Africa. The blacks have suffered injustice from  the white race right from the time of slavery, this we got to know thru history. It was among this group of Africans that crossed the sea  and came in closer contact with the West, this contact now brought about the first ...

RACISM AND OPPRESSION IN BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN EXAMPLE OF RICHARD WRIGHT’S BLACK BOY

ABSTRACTIt is known fact that racism and oppression are one of the major issues in Black American literature. This study will attempt to make readers realize these themes in Richard Wright’s Black Boy by analyzing the concept of racial segregation of Black in America. We will examine the historical perspective of Black writing narrative and the effects of racism and oppression, which include poverty, hunger assault etc. and the ways through which the blacks reacted to racism. We can claim t...

POST–COLONIALISM AND LITERARY AESTHETICS: A STUDY OF SOYINKA’S DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN AND A DANCE OF THE FORESTS

ABSTRACT Post-colonialism and Literary aesthetics are integral aspect of literature which has contributed immensely to the development of African’s culture by combating the residual effect of colonialism on African’s culture and in turn reviving it. This work examines magical realism as a concept under post-colonial theory as portrayed in Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and A Dance of the Forests, which in turn helps to project the African’s culture through the use of m...

Perspectives on Colonialism: A Study of Alex La Guma’s “A Walk in the Night” and R.K Narayan’s “A Horse and Two Goats”.

ABSTRACTThe spread of colonial empire was introduced in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by the American Revolutionary war and the Latin American wars of independence. Colonialism is “the policy of acquiring and maintaining colonies, especially for exploitation”. Colonialism therefore will be examined in Alex La Guma’s “A Walk in the Night” and R.K Narayan’s “A Horse and Two Goats”. They both showcase the ailments of colonialism in their respective works. Apa...


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