Research Papers/Topics in English Language

The Narrative Structure of John Milton's Paradise Lost

ABSTRACT Paradise Lost was written sometime in the 17th Century by John Milton as a Christian epic with a Christian redefined meaning of heroism. Using the epic structure, Milton successfully outlines the genealogy of man, even the state of the world before man was brought into it by God. Milton does this by tracing the linear stories of man from Genesis, through the Messianic and redemption stories, and the introduction of the eschaton by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. In Paradise ...

A Comparative Study of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Weep Not, Child And Dreams in A Time of War

ABSTRACT The interrelationship between fiction and autobiography provides the grounds for a comparative study of two literary works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Weep not, Child and his Dreams in a Time of War. The two texts are therefore placed side by side to draw the intertextual links between them. Ngugi’s works, both fiction and non-fiction, often articulate issues concerning his personal experiences as well as the socio-political concerns of the Kenyan people. Undertaking the compa...

Effects of Pornography on Viewers in FCT

ABSTRACT Pornography has over time been a subject of controversy. It has, therefore, become difficult to distinguish between artistic works and pornography, especially in an epoch where freedom of expression is a major requirement for good governance. The concern of this study is to determine the level of addiction to pornography among Nigerians and to investigate why some Nigerians patronize pornographic video films in spite of their undesirable effects such as sexual coercion. The stu...

PERCEIVING ROMANTICISM IN GHANAIAN POETRY: A CASE STUDY OF KOFI AWOONOR’S REDISCOVERY AND OTHER POEMS (1964)

ABSTRACT This study examines the interplay between Romanticism and African Poetry within the framework of William Wordsworth’s ‘Preface’ to the Lyrical Ballads. For the past few decades, there has been an evolution of contemporary African literature (especially poetry). One such evolution is the shift from the oral tradition to the modernist in literature due to the emergence of formal education. This has engendered a phenomenon whereby contemporary African poets who wish to p...

Elements of Ghanaian English Usage in the Writings of Selected Ghanaian Journalists

ABSTRACT This study is an analysis of the bilingual modes or technique in the writings offour Ghanaian journalists. I ask whether the incorporation of elements of Ghanaian English usage in the writings offour renowned Ghanaianjoumalists is a slip or a stylistic device meant to achieve an effect. I contend that the bilingual situation in Ghana resulting from the contact between EngI ish and Ghanaian languages poses a linguistic problem to the Ghanaian journalist. I argue that the nativiz...

Assessing the Roles of the Narrator in the Verse Novel: A Look at Pushkin's Eugene Onegin

ABSTRACT When mention of the narrator in fiction is made, the point that immediately comes to mind is the voice that speaks the story into the reader`s ears. But the narrator does much more than just tell the story. Narratologist such as Gerard Genette and Monika Fludernik discuss other roles that the narrator plays even as it narrates the story. The narrator articulates its ideology, commenting or expounding on events in the story and in the process raising moral concerns. The narrato...

CODE-SWITCHING IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN HIP HOP SONGS

ABSTRACTMost Nigerian hip hop artistes use a combination of English and one or more local language(s) in writing the lyrics of their songs. Over the years, this has become a common trait in the hip hop world. English is the official language in Nigeria, therefore, the base language of most Nigerian hip hop songs is English even as they introduce local expressions into the lyrics. This process can be described as code-switching in songs. It is also to be noted that pidgin is also a local langu...

TEN EARLY WORDS OF INFANTS AGED TWELVE TO EIGHTEEN MONTHS IN TWI

ABSTRACTBackground: Children imitate, and model adult speech as noted in Skinner’s theory (Skinner, 1957) of language acquisition and so knowing what the children say and for what they say the words are important.Aim: The aim of the study is to identify ten early words expressed by infants aged 12 to 18 months born to Twi speaking parents.Method: Survey data was collected from 100 mothers each with her child aged 12 to 18 months, recruited from three towns (Obadan, Abotakye and Atuobikrom, ...

ANALYSIS OF NARRTIVE DISTANCE IN HENRY JAMES’ THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Abstract: This study seeks to study narrative distance in Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady. It analyzes the narrative to show how information is dramatically presented to minimize authorial intrusion. The study uses Gerard Genette’s Narrative Discourse on the narrative as the instrument for determining how the narrative achieves narrator distance. Henry James is one of the key proponents of dramatic method of narration in the early 20th century, and his experiment with this techn...

SOCIOLINGUISTIC DIMENSIONS OF SPOUSAL COMMUNICATION IN BUCHI EMECHETA’S SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN AND AKACHI ADIMORAEZEIGBO’S THE LAST OF THE STRONG ONES

ABSTRACT Spousal communication, a feature of language, which unravels certain sociolinguistic characteristics of a husband and his wife, is a dominant feature of African novels by female writers. Previous studies on Emecheta and Adimora-Ezeigbo were theme-based, with little attention paid to spousal communication in their novels. This study investigated the dimensions of husband-wife linguistic and paralinguistic practices in two select novels of Emecheta and Adimora-Ezeigbo, with a vie...

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN SELECTED MODERN AFRICAN NOVELS

ABSTRACT Crime, an act that contravenes societal values, and punishment, the penalty attracted by such act, are issues that abound in modern African novels. Previous studies on these novels have often examined the authors‟ thematic pre-occupations such as poor governance and political disillusionment, without adequate attention to the novelists‟ depiction of criminal acts and the consequent punishment. This study, therefore, examined the portrayal of these crimes and the punishment ...

CONTEXTS AND FUNCTIONS OF PROVERBS IN SELECTED PLAYS OF OLA ROTIMI

ABSTRACT Proverbs describe, classify and judge a given situation with emphasis on moral/ethical recommendations. They also point to the life patterns of the society from which they are derived. Many studies have been undertaken on classification and definition of proverbs from various cultures and disciplines. Much attention has also been drawn to Ola Rotimi‘s proverbs from the point of view of pragmatics and sociolinguistics, but enough scholarly attention has not been given to the co...

DISCOURSE DEVICES AND COMMUNICATIVE FUNCTIONS IN DOCTORPATIENT VERBAL INTERACTIONS IN TWO FEDERAL TEACHING HOSPITALS IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT Discourse devices are the linguistic tools employed to address inherent problems in conversation for health purposes. Doctor-patient verbal interactions face major problems in clinical discourse due to differences in linguistic, sociolinguistic, cultural backgrounds as well as professional and communicative styles of doctors and patients. Pragmatic and sociolinguistic studies on doctor-patient verbal interactions have observed relevant socio-psychological and contextual factors,...

A STUDY OF GRAMMATICAL ERRORS MADE BY SOME LIBYAN STUDENTS OF ENGLISH

ABSTRACT Using students from two Libyan private schools of English as the source 0 f information, this study focused on grammatical errors committed by some Libyan students of English, which in the view of this dissertation have not received the attention that they deserve as far as grammar teaching and research are concerned. The data for this research were collected from one main source, namely, written scripts of students. The research then employed the descriptive survey design by...

Representation of Crime and Punishment in Selected Plays in Nigeria

ABSTRACT Nigerian plays are replete with narration of crime and punishment as prime factor in socioeconomic conflict and resolution. Critical studies of these plays have so far focused on the views of the political class with little attention paid to the views of the masses, which are critical to the thematic engagement of the playwrights. Consequently, this study focuses attention on the views of the masses in order to expound the insights of crime and punishment in Nigeria. The study ...


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