The Pragmatics of Nigerian English in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novels

Romanus Aboh, Happiness Uduk
2016 Journal of Language and Education  
There are relatively few studies that have examined the pragmatization of Nigerian English in Adichie's novelistic oeuvre. This study seeks to fill that gap by undertaking a pragmatic analysis of Nigerian English in Adichie's Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah in order to account for the pragmatic relation between utterances and meaning explication. The theory adopted for this study is pragmatic context. The analysis indicates that the use of English as reflected in the novels
more » ... is pragmatically oriented which, by and large, helps elucidate the particular use of English in the non-literary situation in Nigeria. Also, the analysis demonstrates that the contexts, in which these Nigerian English expressions occur, significantly, draw from Nigeria's sociocultural milieu, and the sociocultural milieu shapes the meaning or sense discourse participants squeeze out of utterances in interactive situations. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
doi:10.17323/2411-7390-2016-2-3-6-13 fatcat:hj5spa2zerdtxay37aekt5mkla