A Pragmatic Analysis of Igbo Names in Adichie's Half of A Yellow Sun

  • Ebere Mercy Chukwu
  • Chima Igbokwe

Abstract

The study of stylistics has shown that literary artists explore naming in character portrayal as well as use it to convey special images and meaning. Using Leech's (1983) Socio-pragmatics and Pragmalinguistics, this paper shows how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses naming to expand and limit the actions of her characters in Half of a Yellow Sun. The paper also shows how she uses naming in Igbo to create conflict, suspense, and foreshadowing. Based on the outcome of the analysis, the paper concludes that Adichie is not only craftconscious but also Igbo-conscious.

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