A Lexico-Semantic Analysis of Style Features in Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn, The Virtuous Woman and The Descendants
Abstract This paper explores style features from the lexico-semantic perspective in Zaynab Alkali’s novels. The paper adopts context of situation and the contextual theory of meaning as its theoretical framework. The data are drawn from three of Alkali’s novels – The Stillborn (1984 henceforth TS), The Virtuous Woman (1987 henceforth TVW) and The Descendants (2005 henceforth TD). These texts are selected, guided by their similar thematic and ideological concerns, which are the female experiences and the quest for selfactualisation in a male dominated society. The paper reveals Alkali’s appropriation of collocation, idioms, figure of speech and lexical choices, at the lexico-semantic level of style to express the aforementioned themes.
Key words: Lexico-semantic, Zaynab Alkali, The Stillborn, The Virtuous Woman, The Descendants and Style.