ERIC Number: ED391370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Stylistic Embedding in Yoruba Literature.
The process of embedding, a term used in generative grammar to refer to a construction in which a sentence is included within another sentence, is examined as it occurs in Yoruba literature. Examples are drawn from Yoruba praise poetry, in both written and oral form and within Yoruba novels. Forms of embedding identified include those to draw attention to the subject of a poem, to digress from the main topic and provide brief relief from it, bring humor into a tense circumstance, and make direct or indirect comment on the situation or character. Two additional forms of embedding are noted: the embedding of minor stories within the main story, sometimes using incantation or proverb, and that of poetry. Implications of the analysis for creative writing and for evaluation of an author's work and style are discussed briefly. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (26th, Los Angeles, CA, March 24-26, 1995).