3. A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Some Visual Images in the Political Rally Discourse of 2011 Electioneering Campaigns in Southwestern Nigeria

Mohammed Ademilokun; Moji Olateju

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 1-19

Abstract
  This paper presented a multimodal discourse analysis of some visual images in the political rally discourse of 2011 electioneering campaigns in Southwestern Nigeria. The data comprised purposively selected political visual artefacts from political rallies across the six Southwestern States in Nigeria ...  Read More

4. Impoliteness: The Ghanaian Standpoint

Rachel Thompson; Kofi Agyekum

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 20-33

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  This paper highlights the folk perception of impoliteness among Ghanaians in view of Watts’ (2003) notion of first order impoliteness. The study showed that impoliteness is not just an opposite of politeness, but the manifestation of non-cooperation, disapproval, and mutual antipathy through certain ...  Read More

5. Identity and Representation through Language in Ghana: The Postcolonial Self and the Other

Dora Edu-Buandoh

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 34-44

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  Research related to colonialism and post colonialism shows how the identities of indigenous people were constructed and how these identities are reconstructed in our contemporary world. The thrust of this paper is that colonialism brought a shift in the linguistic structure of Ghana with the introduction ...  Read More

6. Textuality of Idiomatic Expressions in Cameroon English

Napoleon Epoge

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 45-57

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  The meaning of an idiomatic expression cannot be transparently worked out from the meanings of its constituent words due to its figurative and unpredictable nature. Consequently, the syntactic composition and the structural paradigm of an idiomatic expression are supposed to be the same in every context. ...  Read More

7. The Prejudiced Negative Images of Femininity in Wolaita Proverbs

Meshesha Make Jobo

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 58-68

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  The purpose of this study was to analyze selected Wolaita proverbs for their reflection of prejudiced negative images of femininity. The subjects used for the current study were 20 theme-relevant proverbs collected by interviewing systematically selected 12 elders and conducting participant-based observation. ...  Read More

8. A Literary Anthroponomastics of Three Selected African Novels: A Cross Cultural Perspective

Theresah Ennin; Nancy Nkansah

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 69-79

Abstract
  Names as markers of identity are a source of a wide variety of information. This paper explores the names of characters to show the sociocultural factors which influence the choice of names and the effects that the names of these characters have on the roles they play. Using a variety of personal names ...  Read More

9. Language Policy in Nigeria: Prospect for National Unity

Dare Williams Omotoyinbo

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 80-88

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  Various studies on the National Policy on Education (NPE) have concentrated on the cognitive value of pedagogy and learning of the language aspect but few have viewed its importance on the togetherness of the nation - Nigeria. This paper deals with how the language policy can influence and ensure the ...  Read More

10. Lexical Semantics and Selection of TAM in Bantu Languages: A Case of Semantic Classification of Kiswahili Verbs

Amani Lusekelo

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 89-102

Abstract
  The existing literature on Bantu verbal semantics demonstrated that inherent semantic content of verbs pairs directly with the selection of tense, aspect and modality formatives in Bantu languages like Chasu, Lucazi, Lusamia, and Shiyeyi. Thus, the gist of this paper is the articulation of semantic classification ...  Read More

11. Being Politically Impolite: A Community of Practice (CofP) Analysis of Invective Songs of Western Nigerian Politicians

Moses Adebayo Aremu

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures & Languages) , Winter and Spring 2016, Pages 103-116

Abstract
  Earlier linguistic studies of political discourse revealed that, not many works exist on pragmatic analysis of impoliteness in this genre. Apart from Mullany (2002), who employs relational and face works to analyses impoliteness in political discourse, Taiwo (2007), Adetunji (2009), and Ademilokun (2015), ...  Read More