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Exclamations as Discourse Markers in Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu and The Midnight Blackout


Adedunni Egbetade, Department of English Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 10(1) 2012, pp. 1-15




Exclamations, Discourse Markers, Femi Osofisan, Women of Owu, Midnight Blackout


The author investigates and describes the use of exclamations as discourse markers in Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu and the Midnight Blackout. The data is got through a close reading of the two texts during which the various uses of exclamations are identified and analysed structurally in terms of the words, phrases, sentences and also in terms of the mood using Quirk et. al’s (1972) categorisation of sentence structures. The analysis reveals that the writer’s use of exclamations is not indiscriminate but is a stylistic device to present the imagery of sorrow, sadness, confusion, defeat and death in a helpless African community. It is also noted that structurally, the exclamations can be classified into words, phrases, clauses and sentences, the highest of which are the sentences. The findings also show that apart from the fact that exclamations have different structural forms, their meanings are also context dependent.


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