Forms And Functions Of Borrowed Honorifics Among Gikuyu Speakers Of Nairobi County.

Abstract

This is a sociolinguistic study of language use in society. The study aimed at establishing the honorifics that Gikuyu speakers have borrowed from other languages as a result of language contact. The study also investigated how the social variables of age, education and social context influence the use of these honorifics. It further sought to determine their functions. The Borrowing Transfer Theory and the Communicative Competence Theory guided the data collection, analysis, interpretation and discussion. The data for the study was collected from Kasarani Constituency of Nairobi County which was purposively selected. The data was obtained through Participant observation, interviews and tape recording of spontaneous speech. A total of 24 respondents selected purposively was interviewed, observed and recorded as they interacted in their social networks. The qualitative and quantitative research designs were used in this study. The data was analysed qualitatively through linguistic descriptions and quantitatively through percentages and frequencies which were presented in tables in order to give a clear picture of the use of borrowed honorifics in view of the age and education of the respondents.

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APA

MAINA, Z (2021). Forms And Functions Of Borrowed Honorifics Among Gikuyu Speakers Of Nairobi County.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/forms-and-functions-of-borrowed-honorifics-among-gikuyu-speakers-of-nairobi-county

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MAINA, ZIPPORAH "Forms And Functions Of Borrowed Honorifics Among Gikuyu Speakers Of Nairobi County." Afribary. Afribary, 26 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/forms-and-functions-of-borrowed-honorifics-among-gikuyu-speakers-of-nairobi-county. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

MLA7

MAINA, ZIPPORAH . "Forms And Functions Of Borrowed Honorifics Among Gikuyu Speakers Of Nairobi County.". Afribary, Afribary, 26 May. 2021. Web. 22 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/forms-and-functions-of-borrowed-honorifics-among-gikuyu-speakers-of-nairobi-county >.

Chicago

MAINA, ZIPPORAH . "Forms And Functions Of Borrowed Honorifics Among Gikuyu Speakers Of Nairobi County." Afribary (2021). Accessed May 22, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/forms-and-functions-of-borrowed-honorifics-among-gikuyu-speakers-of-nairobi-county