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Title:The Igbo Tradition in the Nigerian Novel
Author:Igboanusi, Herbert S.ISNI
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/22-2/53-72.pdf
Abstract:Igbo writers have so far dominated prose literature in Nigeria. The distinctiveness of Igbo English writers manifests itself in experimentation in language, in recreating distinct Igbo discourse in English, and stylistic innovations. The various manifestations of this distinctiveness can be seen in the works of Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, Nkem Nwankwo, Chukwuemeka Ike, Flora Nwapa, Elechi Amadi, John Munonye and Onuorah Nzekwu. Their works demonstrate the 'Igbonization of English'. This paper examines the linguistic features used in novels of Igbo writers in English: semantic extension, coinages and translation equivalents as well as loan-words, loan-blends, collocational extension and colloquialisms. It establishes that lexico-semantic innovation in Igbo English literature is a stylistic device which has become part of the Igbo literary tradition. Bibliogr., sum.