Chioma Magdaline Akaeze


This research explores the language styles of code-switching and code mixing in Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah by focusing on their function in the texts. It uses Pierre Bourdieu's theory and a qualitative research design. It also utilizes document observations and intensive reading as data collection method, then, the Narrative Research Approach to analyze the data. The study finds out that the author extensively used code-switching and code mixing as a language style in her texts. This style is seen to be intentionally employed to achieve some literary and aesthetic effects; maintaining rhythm and mood, and for identifying culture and character settings. It is recommended that African authors adopt CS/CM as a linguistic style in order to accommodate indigenous languages, promote their cultural values and ethics to a wider readership.


Language, Code switching, Code mixing, African literature, Literary styles, Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah.

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