Ademilokun: Aspects of Yoruba Lingual-cultural Retentions in Abimbola Adelakun’s Under the Brown Rusted Roofs

  • Mohammed Ayodeji Ademilokun Institutional Affiliation: Technische University Current Status: Postdoctoral Fellow Mailing address: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Technische University, Chemnitz, Eastern Germany
Keywords: lingual-cultural, retentions, Abimbola Adelakun, nativisation, linguistic nationalism

Abstract

Previous studies on nativisation of English in African literary productions have focused on literary works of first and second generation African writers such as Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe, Niyi Osundare among others, with little critical attention paid to nativisation of English by new Nigerian writers. This essay adds to the discourse on the subject of language in African literature by examining the language of Abimbola Adunni Adelakun, a new generation Nigerian writer, in Under the Brown Rusted Roofs. Through a close reading of the text and insights from Systemic Functional Linguistics, this paper elucidates the various Yoruba lingual-cultural features used by the new generation Nigerian writer for the promotion of Yoruba identity in the text. Data analysis revealed that Adelakun used lexical transfer, literal translation, coinages, code-mixing, proverbs, incantatory discourse, Yoruba Muslim discourse features, Yoruba advertising poetry and lineage praise poetry to nativise the literary text by giving it a Yoruba coloration. The study concludes that Adelakun’s use of the English language further enhances the African identity and shows that new generation writers are also committed to linguistic nationalism in their prosecution of their literary enterprise.

 

Keywords: lingual-cultural, retentions, Abimbola Adelakun, nativisation, linguistic nationalism

Author Biography

Mohammed Ayodeji Ademilokun, Institutional Affiliation: Technische University Current Status: Postdoctoral Fellow Mailing address: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Technische University, Chemnitz, Eastern Germany

Bio Statement: Mohammed Ademilokun holds a Ph.D in English Language from Obafemi  Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he teaches. He has published papers on Discourse Analysis and Applied Linguistics in local and international journals. He is also a recipient of prestigious fellowships such as Fulbright Fellowship and African Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He is currently a Georg Forster Postdoctoral Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Technische University, Chemnitz, Eastern Germany.

Published
2017-12-31
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