Sociolingustic Analysis of Proverbs in a Yoruba Homily; an Approach from the Perspective of S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G Acronym

Sociolingustic Analysis of Proverbs in a Yoruba Homily; an Approach from the Perspective of S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G Acronym

Author by Dr. Gift Okata

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Contemporary Education Research(jcer)

Volume/Edition: 20

Language: English

Pages: 94 - 106

Abstract

Language is a powerful tool in human communication. Culture is also a core aspect of human life. In fact, language is a product of culture. The failure to locate culture as the strongest index in the centrality of language use among individual language users in a connected speech within a particular speech community is a cankerworm that has militated against the appropriate use of language in today’s society. This is as a result of the fact that language and culture are inseparable. Proverbs are products of the human cultures because they are witty statements loaded with implicit truths. Culturally, proverbs can be used to address virtually all human situations. Using a total of six proverbs, selected through purposive random sampling technique and the descriptive qualitative method of analysis as framework, the study espoused relevance, contextual interpretation, themes and symbols as linguistic tools employed by Bishop Samuel Ogundeji in the presentation of his homily.  Findings showed that proverbial expressions are needed in Christian homilies.


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