A Linguistic Stylistic Analysis of Chukwuemeka Ike’s The Potter’s Wheel

Published: January 2020

Author(s): Samson Adeyeye Dare & Ademola Emmanuel Olabode

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Department of English, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Ademola Emmanuel Olabode, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Nigeria

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This paper is a linguistic stylistic study of one of the novels of Chukwuemeka Ike – The Plotter’s Wheel. The study examines the creative sensibilities of the author and demonstrates his linguistic and communicative competence as a mature user of English as a second language. Though Chukwuemeka Ike has written many novels, he seems not to have enjoyed enough scholarly attention either from literary scholars or stylisticians. The study is premised on the theoretical framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) which integrates language form and language function. The focus is therefore mainly an effort in explicating the language use in the text. This supports the views of Halliday (1964) who defines linguistic stylistics as the description of literary text by methods derived from general linguistic theory and within the framework of the description of the language in question. Two major linguistic features examined in the paper are lexico-semantic design and syntactic choices of the author. It is hoped that the little effort made here will stimulate more interest in linguistic stylistic studies in general and the works of Chukwuemeka Ike in particular.

Key Terms: Linguistics, Stylistics, Systemic Linguistics, Literary text, Protagonist.