Research Papers/Topics in English Language

PLIGHT OF ENGLISH STUDENTS IN LANGUAGE AMBIGUITY

AbstractLanguage ambiguity is a quality of language that makes a speech or written text open to multiple interpretations. This study aimed to know the challenges of English Students in Language Ambiguity and how they cope with these challenges. At the end of the study, the researchers aimed to address these challenges experienced by the participants. The participants of this study were second (2nd) year college students of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English from Don Honori...

An Analysis Of Politeness Strategies In Gikuyu: A Case Of Thika Sub-county, Kenya.

This study looked at politeness strategies in Gikuyu. The study identified and described the politeness strategies used by the Gikuyu in business settings. To this end, it looked at how gender and setting influence politeness strategies. The study found that Gikuyu speakers do use politeness strategies in order to save their partner’s faces. It also established that politeness strategies in Gikuyu can be accounted for using Brown and Levinson’s model of politeness. Dat...

Morphological Structures And Classification Of Neologisms In Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Murogi Wa Kagogo.

New technological advancements and innovations are a challenge to languages and especially so to African languages. New terminologies referred to as neologism thus become necessary. This research looks at the morphological structures and classification of neologisms in the Gĩkǔyǔ language. The study will show how innovatively languages deal with new terms and refute the argumentation that African languages are not developed enough to cater for these concepts. The s...

The Development of the Poetry of Seamus Heaney From Death of a Naturalist to North

AbstractSeamus Heaney's poetic development is examined througha series of close readings of selected poems from his firstfour volumes. The main focus of the di3sertation is on thestages through which he passes in his attempt to develop apoetic mode which is simultaneously responsive to the preoccupationsof the private self and to the wider political andcultural backdrop of Northern Ireland.Death of a Naturalist and Door into the Dark are examinedin terms of the relation between poeti...

The Use Of Cohesive Devices In The Writings Of Students Of Adamu Augie College Of Education, Argungu, Nigeria: Pedagogical Implication

ABSTRACTThe misuse of cohesive devices has been identified as a common problem faced by students of tertiary institutions. Students find it difficult to have a coherent discourse; this may be as result of lack of knowledge of cohesive devices. This study focused on the use of cohesive devices in the writings of students of Adamu Augie College of Education, Argungu. The study also focused on some research objectives: finding out the type of cohesive devices used in stu...

Conceptualizing Ndebele Particularism In The Context Of The Zimbabwean Crisis

Abstract This research was carried to understand the impact of the Zimbabwean crisis on the intersections between ethnic and national identities. This research therefore investigates the escalation of ethno-particularism amongst some Ndebeles in the post-2000 implosion of the economic, constitutional and social crises by analyzing how media literature projected Ndebele particularism to contest issues of nationalism, citizenship and nationality in the Zimbabwean nation-state project....

The Dialogic Relationship Between Mass Media And Society: An Assessment Of Triadic Reciprocal Determinism Of Zimbabwean Mass Media Websites

ABSTRACT Zimbabwean mass media has profoundly been polarised by two significant camps, progovernment and anti-government mass media establishments. Public opinion has primarily been centered on the binary ideological inclinations of these two camps. The heavily censored political environment in Zimbabwe since the imposition of the Public Order and Security Act 11 17(POSA) resulted in political interaction and expression of personal dispositions being subverted thereby resulting in „sil...

Zimdancehall: a rising platform in addressing socio-political injustices through lyrics.

Abstract Present day Zimbabwe though being deemed by the government as a free country embedding the concept of freedom of speech it is still plagued with massive music censorship amongst the predominant genres. Since the late 1800s music has been a major influencing player in indoctrinating people. Music is an essential tool use in public discourse to promote, affirm and subvert political hegemonies. Musicians play a pivotal role in society of exposing the injustices perpetuated by gove...

A Critical Interrogation Of The Themes Of Politics And Governance In The Creative Works Of Mlalazi And Baya’s Crocodile Of Zambezi (2008), Matsa And Baya’s Super Patriots And Morons (2003), A

ABSTRACT This study is an interpretive and descriptive analysis of the themes of politics and governance in contemporary Zimbabwe paying particular attention to the creative works of,Mlalazi and Baya’s TheCrocodile of Zambezi (2008) , Matsa and Baya’s Super Patriots and Morons (2003) and Chifunyise’s Waiting for the Constitution (2010). The study explores the power dynamics inherent in the insider/outsider, inclusion/exclusion, patriot/sell-out and self/nation schema and show ...

Monsters or Victims: An analysis of the African child soldier as depicted in Chris Abani’s Song for Night, Emmanuel Dongala’s Johnny Mad Dog and Ieweala Uzodinma’s Beasts of No Nation.

AbstractCHAPTER ONE: ITRODUCTION Background to the Study The issue of child soldiering is one of the most controversial issues as far as the history of the world is concerned and the controversy lies in the question: “are these children aggressors they turn out to be or are they simply passive victims of circumstances?” Children have either been violently abducted or coerced into volunteering to serve as soldiers in the American Revolution, World War 1 and World War 2 and as if tha...

Investigating The Effects Of Streaming The Grade Six Pupils According To Their Ability At Dumezweni Primary School In Khami District

ABSTRACTThis document presents the findings on the perceptions of pupils and teachers of Dumezweni Primary school on the effects of the streaming of the grade 6pupils according to their ability at Dumezweni Primary School in Khami District.The study used a combination of the qualitative and quantitative research approach. A descriptive and explanatory research design was used in this study because people sometimes fail to understand raw data. So the descriptive and the explanatory research de...

Teachers’ Understanding And Experiences In The Teaching Of Oral Communication At Ordinary Level With Reference To Sadza Cluster In Chikomba District

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to investigate the teachers’ understanding and experiences inthe teaching of oral communication in English at O’ Level in Sadza Cluster in ChikombaDistrict. The study was necessitated by the need to know the teachers’ understanding andexperiences in the teaching of oral communication in English. A qualitative research designpremised on phenomenology was used for it enabled the researcher to get current and on theground information of teachers’ und...

Masks and the question of identity: An examination of multiple identities in Smith’s Ginette (1980) ,Charter’s Crossing the Boundary Fence(1988), Partridge’s to Breathe and Wait(1986).

AbstractThis research examines the representation of multiple identities in literary texts through ananalysis of Crossing the Boundary Fence by Patricia Charter (1988), To Breathe and Wait byNancy Partridge (1986) and Ginette by Sylvia S Bond (1980). Multiple identities manifestthemselves in everyday life as we know it. The question of how identity changes, at whatpoint and with what effect, have long been overlooked. In prose writing, the author isoftentimes unaware of the voice or voices gi...

Exploring The Nexus Between The Zimbabwean Crisis, Migration And Identity In Brian Chikwava Harare North (2009), Daniel Mandishona’s White Gods Black Demons (2009) Andnoviolet Bulawayo’s We N

AbstractThis study attempts an eclectic approach on the nexus between theZimbabwean crisis, migrationand identity using postcolonial theory in exploring Zimbabwean post-colonial politics. Anextensive investigation into the nexus between the Zimbabwean crisis, migration and identitythrough re-tracing the past historical experiences of Zimbabwe is made while at the same timeconsulting a wide range of post colonial literature that falls within the field. I also consider thephenomena of migration...

Herstory, Subjectivity And The Public Sphere In Female Narratives Of The Liberation Struggle In Namibia: The Case Of Ndeshi Namhila, Lydia Shaketange, Libertine Amathila, And Tshiwa Trudie Am

ABSTRACTThis study was an exploration of the autobiographical representation of the experiences of four Namibian women who participated in the country’s liberation struggle. The premise of this study was to interrogate how the autobiography genre was used to depict ‘herstory’, subjectivity and the public sphere in these female narratives. Herstory in this study portrays autobiography as a tool of narrating women’s personal history, analysed from the postcolonial-feminist perspective; ...


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