A SOCIOLINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF URHOBO PROVERBS

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  • A SOCIOLINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF URHOBO PROVERBS
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Title page
    Dedication
    Acknowledgements
    Table of Contents
    Abstract
    CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION
    Background to the Study
    Statement of the Problem
    Objectives of the Study
    Relevance of the Study
    Scope of the Study
    CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
    2.1 Introduction
    2.1.1 The Concept of Sociolinguistics
    2.1.2 The Proverb
    2.1.3 Language and Society
    2.2 Review of Relevant Literature
    CHAPTER THREE: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
    Introduction
    Ethnography of Communication.
  • 3.2 The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
    3.3 Research Methodology
  • Research Design
    Sources of Data
    Method of Data Collection
    Method of Data Analysis
    CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
    Introduction
    Sociolinguistic Analysis of Urhobo Proverbs
    A Discussion of Analysis and Sociolinguistic Implication
    CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
  • 5.0 Introduction
    5.1 Summary
    5.2 Conclusion
    Appendix
    Works Cited
  • ABSTRACT
  • This research carries out a sociolinguistic study of Urhobo proverbs. Its aim is to explore and analyze Urhobo proverbs from a sociolinguistic perspective in the context of English as a second language in Nigeria. This will go a long way to offer a sociolinguistic insight to the contributions of Urhobo language, culture and way of life in the sociolinguistic context of English as a second language. The data for the study was sourced and collected orally from competent Urhobo native speakers from the context of use and Urhobo music. The qualitative and analytic research designs were adopted for the analysis. In all, fifty (50) proverbs were analyzed using Dell Hyme’s Ethnography of Communication theory as the major analytical framework with insights from Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. This is because of the relevance of Dell Hymes’ SPEAKING which accounts for such sociolinguistic variables as setting, scene, participants, ends, act sequence, instrumentality and genre as is evidenced in the data; and how the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis allows this study to relate its data to aspects of Urhobo world view and culture. On typology, Adedimeji’s (2003) typological classification is applied for the classification of the data into types. It was discovered that SPEAKING allows for a comprehensive understanding of the data for this study as a result of its explicit and analytic potentials while the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis shows aspect of Urhobo culture that manifest in Urhobo proverbs.

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