LANGUAGE AND STYLE IN HELON HABILA’S WAITING FOR AN ANGEL AND NGÓZI CHUMA-UDEH’S FORLORN FATE

Bridget Ngozi Madu, Innocentia Kechinyere Njoku, Ify Udoye, Ify Akabike

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This study examines the use of language and style in Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel and Ngozi Chuma-Udeh’s Forlorn Fate.  This research is a textual analysis with particular emphasis on the language features of the extracted sentences which form the data and their stylistic significance.   The theoretical framework that guided this study is Halliday’s Systemic Functional Theory of Grammar (SFG) propounded in the 1960s which lays emphasis on the functions of language in context of situation. The research design for this study is descriptive qualitative method of analysis based on some principal approaches to stylistic analysis of a text. The tool of analysis is syntax. The findings of the research show that Habila made use of varieties of sentences with appropriate clause structures to highlight the political and economic pains of the citizens as a result of exploitation and oppression experienced from leadership styles of the ruling class as portrayed in the work. Chuma-Udeh as a descriptive writer also used various sentences to capture vividly, the grave condition of the people and ecological issues in the Niger Delta. The writers are able to communicate their message powerfully and creditably to the audience through the use of the linguistic, nominal and verbal groups, SPC, SPCA, ASP etc. sentence patterns and structures in the various texts. Hence, literary texts could be explored and understood through linguistic analysis.


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Language, Style, Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel, Ngózi Chuma-Udeh’s Forlorn Fate

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