A Study of Names and Dialogues as Functional Tools in Iyayi’s The Contract

Gbenga Solomon Ibileye, Muhammed-Badar Salihu Jibrin

Abstract


This study discusses the manner in which names of characters and their dialogues have been deployed for meaning projection by Festus Iyayi in the novel, The Contract. It reveals the message projected in the novel as the predatory nature of man in the absence of law and order. This is foregrounded in the elitist insincerity and hypocrisy of the Nigerians, as they try to cover up their hidden crime by taken chieftaincy titles and by showing some open good that will reveal them otherwise. The names and dialogues of the characters involved are discussed as used to reveal religious, geographical and ethnic as well as continental spread of these characters. This is with a view to showing the universality of decay and corruption and above all human cannibalism. Dialogues are encoded using varieties of English to show differences in social status for the same purpose. The paper relies on the systemic text-linguistic model of literary text analysis where it is asserted that every literary text has a central message it projects and it is projected at three meta-levels.


Keywords


The Contract; Social semiotics; Systemic functional linguistics

Full Text:

PDF

References


Adejare, O. (1992). Language and style in Soyinka: A systemic text-linguistic study of a literary idiolect. Ibadan: Heinemann.

Beaugrande, R. D., & Dressler, W. (1982). Introduction to text linguistics. London and New York: Longman.

Berry, M. (1975). Introduction to systemic linguistics. New York: St. Martins.

Eggins, S. (2004). An introduction to systemic functional linguistics. New York and London: Continuum.

Halliday, M. A. K. (1978). Language as social semiotics. London: Edward Arnold.

Halliday, M. A. K. (1994). Introduction to functional grammar. London: Edward Arnold.

Halliday, M. A. K., & Hasan, R. (1976). Cohesion in English. London: Longman.

Iyayi, F. (1989). The contract. Essex: Longman.

Jibrin, M. B. S. (2012). A Systemic text linguistic study of selected Nigerian novels (Unpublished doctor dissertation). Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. 

Jolayemi, D. (2000). Language and style: A systemic text-linguistic study of Olu Obafemi’s Plays. In D. Oni, & E. Ododo (Eds.), Critical studies and reflections on Olu Obafemi (pp. 115-133). Ibadan: Craft Publishers. 

Leech, G. N., & Short, M. H. (1981). Style in fiction. London and New York: Longman.

Oyeleye, A. L. (1995). Translation and the African writer in English. In K. Owolabi (Ed.), Language in Africa. Ibadan: IUP.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2F4558

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Reminder

If you have already registered in Journal A and plan to submit article(s) to Journal B, please click the CATEGORIES, or JOURNALS A-Z on the right side of the "HOME".


We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; sll@cscanada.net; sll@cscanada.org

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture
Address: 730, 77e AV, Laval, Quebec, H7V 4A8, Canada

Telephone: 1-514-558 6138
Http://www.cscanada.net
Http://www.cscanada.org
E-mail: office@cscanada.net; office@cscanada.org; caooc@hotmail.com