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Presupposition and sentence synonyms as semantic devices in selected Yorùbá proverbs

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dc.contributor.author Famakinwa, Yemisi M.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-26T10:49:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-26T10:49:43Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Famakinwa, Y.M., 2019. Presupposition and sentence synonyms as semantic devices in selected Yorùbá proverbs. Inkanyiso, 11(1), pp.80-92. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-1a7b2f4e43
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 11 Number 1, 2019, p. 80 - 92 en_US
dc.description.abstract Proverbs are witty expressions precipitated by warranted situations. These situations can be likened to certain occurrences or events which took place aforetime to invoke a proverb match. In other words, whenever there is an occurrence or event, an appropriate proverb that suits such an occurrence, is employed. The paper therefore considers some Yorùbá proverbs with a view to unraveling not only their meaning equivalence in English, but to infer from such proverbs, their underlying assumptions and proffer solutions to their inherent problems. Employing the appraisal theory of J.R. Martin (2000) through the resources of Semantics, the study intends to consider the ways we can express our personal views while reacting to the views of others. The paper analyses fifteen Yorùbá proverbs based on the semantic devices of presupposition and sentence synonyms inherent in them. The fifteen Yorùbá proverbs are translated from the source language,Yorùbá, to English in order to unravel the intended meanings of the proverb. Thus, the paper reveals that certain Yorùbá proverbs do not only serve as antidotes to correct morals or societal ills, but that they are basically employed to elicit information regarding the veracity or otherwise of some facts relating to humans and invariably, certain inanimate entities with human attributes. The identified Yorùbá proverbs are shown to attract diverse meaning possibilities and/or sentence synonyms. The paper therefore concludes by affirming that Yorùbá proverbs are not only genre sensitive, but user dependent since circumstances or events relating to humans are involved. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Yorùbá proverbs en_US
dc.subject English translations en_US
dc.subject Presupposition en_US
dc.subject Sentence synonyms en_US
dc.title Presupposition and sentence synonyms as semantic devices in selected Yorùbá proverbs en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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