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ERIC Number: ED546014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 177
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-7974-4
Les Interferences Semantiques Dans Les Oeuvres D'ahmadou Kourouma et De Mongo Beti: Essai D'etude Comparative [Semantic Interference in the Works of Ahmadou Kourouma and Mongo Beti: Test Comparative Study]
Tadoum, Jean Paul
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Arizona
This dissertation focuses on the works of two well-known African Francophone novelists, Ahmadou Kourouma from the Ivory Coast and Mongo Beti from Cameroon. The objective of this study is to look at the influences of African oral traditions and analyze the literary transposition of semantic structures from African languages and cultures into the French language. I utilize Chantal Zabus' explanations of how the process of indigenization leads to relexification, the process by which the authors seek to display their linguistic innovation by attempting to merge their local African languages with the French language. Chapter one introduces the language policies in the Ivory Coast and Cameroon during the colonization and in the post-colonial Africa. It establishes the relationship between the dominant European languages and the local African languages and examines the question of rehabilitation of the African languages. Chapter two examines the impact of the African oral traditions and the use of orality as a writing strategy. Chapter three aims to analyze the process whereby words of African local languages and cultures are semantically incorporated through "Les Soleils des Independances" (1968) and "Allah n'est pas oblige" (2000) by Ahmadou Kourouma, and "Ville cruelle" (1954) and "Branle-bas en noir et blanc" (2000) by Mongo Beti. Chapter four examines the use of stylistic features associated with local African languages by comparing the earlier works of the two authors with their later literary production in order to establish whether there is continuity or not in their writing style. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: EnglishFrench
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Identifiers - Location: Africa