SPEECH AND THOUGHT REPRESENTATION IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURE: A STYLISTIC APPROACH

SPEECH AND THOUGHT REPRESENTATION IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURE: A STYLISTIC APPROACH

Authors

  • Halima Lawal Department of English Language and Linguistics Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Sokoto State University, Sokoto

Keywords:

Speech and thought representation, gender inequality, stylistics,, figures of speech, linguistic manipulation

Abstract

Language is a means of human communication. African literature is mostly characterized
by its forms of representation through language, and constantly reflects and narrates
African experiences. Modes of speech and thought representations are very important in
presenting, evaluating, and interpreting such writings. This study is a stylistic analysis of
speech and thought representation in a contemporary African literature text, Everything
Good Will Come, by Sefi Attah. From various studies on the text, it is obvious that different
forms of representation are used in exposing different forms of inequality. In an attempt
to uncover the different forms of representation used in portraying gender inequality in
the text, the study aims to investigate and examine the modes of representation used,
with the objectives of identifying and exploring the different forms of representation,
and their effect to the interpretation and comprehension of the text. To achieve this, ten
extracts containing issues of gender inequality are purposely sampled and analyzed using
Leech and Short’s (2007) stylistic model of speech and thought representation. Thus,
the analysis of the modes of representation, and the stylistic devices used in capturing
and portraying issues of gender inequality in the text, contribute in revealing not only
the different forms of gender inequality, but also, the societal ideologies influencing such
discrimination in the society. Moreover, the findings reveal that the enactment of gender
inequality is mostly through the direct speech and the free direct thought, while the
resistance, is mostly portrayed through the direct speech, indirect speech, and the free
direct thought representation.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Halima Lawal. (2022). SPEECH AND THOUGHT REPRESENTATION IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN LITERATURE: A STYLISTIC APPROACH. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 85–100. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/22
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