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Code-Switching in Chinua Achebe's Novels
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to point out how Chinua Achebe uses different features of Igbo and Nigerian Pidgin English (NPE) in four of his novels. Firstly, there will be an explanation of the terms code switching and proverb, followed by an overview of Pidgin Languages and Nigerian Pidgin English. This study will then deal with two aspects of code-switching in Achebe’s novels: semantic, which includes intertwined Igbo vocabulary and proverbs; and syntactic, which is a study of Nigerian Pidgin English verb phrase constructions. The study will examine how the Igbo lexicon and proverbs function in the text and if/how it is possible to understand the meaning of the Igbo vocabulary. Further, it will examine how the verb constructions of the NPE dialogues are used and if they follow the norm set up by other linguists, or if Achebe alters their usage according to his own style.

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Skövde: Institutionen för kommunikation och information , 2008. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Code-switching, Nigerian Pidgin English, Chinua Achebe
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1046DiVA: diva2:2161
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humaniora/teologi
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