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ERIC Number: ED358690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dialogue and Discourse in a Nigerian English Fiction.
Akindele, Femi
Although many studies have been undertaken by literary critics and stylisticians on African English literary texts generally and Nigerian English prose fiction specifically, there has been little or no analysis of dialogue and discourse in such texts. An examination of the phenomenon of speech as manifested in conversational pieces in Nigerian English prose fiction may not only enhance further interpretation of the text but may also point to the organization of social interaction among Nigerians; particularly as Nigerian English literary texts express indigenous culture and world views. In this article, the function of dialogues in the overall development of Nigerian English prose fiction is explored and an attempt is made to see whether the fictionalized dialogues have relevance for discourse realities within the Nigerian social system. In addition to providing an overview of the major characters and themes of Nigerian fiction, this analysis of an Igbo English literary text seems to support the hypothesis that Nigerian English discourse structure in literary texts is to some extent governed by socio-cultural factors (such as age and achievement) present in the society itself. (Contains 30 references.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria