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A LEXICO SEMENTAIC ANALYSIS OF SADE ADENIRAN’S IMAGINE THIS (A TEXT)

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 Format: MS WORD ::   Chapters: 1-5 ::   Pages: 45 ::   Attributes: semantic Analysis ::   346 people found this useful

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CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY

Language is a means with which human beings communicate with one another. Lyons defines languages as the principal system of communication used by a particular group of people within a particular society of which they are members (as quoted in Ohanedozi, 1). In other words, language serves unifying forceamong individuals in areas characterized by religious, ethnic, and social differences. Language used for communication, therefore, could be spoken or written. Writing is done in different ways for various reasons and by various people. Writing is a major skill which every author, journalist or media practitioner and the learned in the general need to acquire in other to perform effectively in their chosen career or hubby. It is due to these different ways of writing that the paper seeks to analyze the style of the author which is an important aspect in writing both to the Linguists and Critics alike. Stylistics is the study of various styles that are present in either a given utterance or written text. According to Aworo-Okoroh and Ambi (9), style could be referred to as “a manner of expression in writing and speaking….style can be good or bad.” The purpose of style is geared towards negotiating meaning; it also helps to distinguish between the complexities of one author to the other. An individual’s style tends to reflect his social and political background, religious inclination, culture, education, geographical location and so on.

Stylistics aims at analyzing language habits which is related to the concerns of the Sociolinguists who are interested in explaining why we speak (or write) differently in different social contexts; the identification of the social functions of language and the ways it is used to convey social meaning.

This paper attempts to investigate the extent to which the author’s choice explains the relationship between style and the subject it represents in the novel ( Imagine This)

1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

What really instigated the study on a lexico semantic analysis of Sade Adeniran’s imagine This was lack of proper understanding on how words in sentences ought to be analyzed, how this analysis can be automated, and to what extent such analysis matters to other natural language processing (NLP) problems. It may not be obvious that words of text should be analyzed at all. After all, superficial uses of word tokens most famously, bag-of-words representations and n-grams are quite successful in settings ranging from information retrieval to language modeling

1.3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY

The main aim of the study on lexico semantic analysis of Sade Adeniran’s imagine This is to examine the lexical units in the text. Other specific objectives of the study include:

  1. to examine the semantics are associated with the lexical units
  2. to investigate on the factor affecting lexical units in the text
  3. to proffer solution to the above stated problems

1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

We believe that the current state of affairs warrants a more “pragmatic” approach to computational lexical semantics as applied to tokens of text. Specifically, we have in mind the following desiderata for a token-level representation: it should answer the questions

1. What are the lexical units in the text?

2. What semantics are associated with the lexical units?

1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY

The contribution of this model to stylistics is the idea of: (a) Functional varieties of language and (b) The application to the study of style - the idea of the multifunctional nature of the units of a language: the simplest utterance is capable of conveying more than one kind of meaning(referential, directive or social).

1.6 SCOPE OF STUDY

The study on a lexico semantic analysis of Sade Adeniran is limited to the award winning novel by Sade Adeniran (imagine This); the study will cover the lexical units in the text, it will also cover the semantics are associated with the lexical units.

1.7 LIMITATION OF STUDY

The study was limited to the analysis of style as employed in the written text by looking at the sociolinguistic factors of the participants/characters' class, their choice of vocabulary and other linguistic features in the novel.

1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS

LEXICO SEMANTICS: is a subfield of linguistic semantics. The units of analysis in lexical semantics are lexical units which include not only words but also sub-words or sub-units such as affixes and even compound words and phrases

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