A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF ATHOL FUGARD’S SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD
This work studied the discourse analysis of Athol Fugard’sSizweBansi is Dead. The encoded meaning in the conversational exchange among the characters in play has been analyzed through the use of some discourse elements like, turn taking, discourse participant etc. and also some pragmatics elements like context, implicature, reference etc. Chapter one is the general introduction, related literature is reviewed in chapter two, while there is data analysis in chapter three and chapter four has the conclusion. However, this research shows that the understanding of the play-text resides in the underlying meaning of the conversations that has been analyzed.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Background to the study
- Purpose of the study
- Justification for the study
- Scope and delimitation of the study
- A review of the play-let
- Biography of the author
CHAPTER TWO: Literature review
- The concept of discourse analysis
- Elements of discourse analysis
- Exchange structure
- Turn taking
- Topic change
- Topic negotiation
CHAPTER THREE: Textual Analysis
3.1.2 Exchange structure
3.1.3 Turn Taking
3.1.4 Topic change / Topic negotiation
3.1.5 Discourse rank scale
3.1.7 Grammatical cohesion
3.1.8 Lexical cohesion
CHAPTER FOUR: Summary of Findings and Conclusion
This chapter introduces the background of the research topic and describes its scope in addition, the purpose and justification for the study are also discussed. It concludes by giving the biography of the author of the text.
1.1 Background to the study
Man is the most superior and unique of all the creatures in the entire creation, in terms of his wisdom, action, thought, though some animal or insects have been found to be wiser. Example is ant, man and animal share the same biological functions such as movements, growth etc. However, what makes man different from animals is language, which is used for communication with members of their species. The animal system of communication are fixed example Dog Barks, Goat bleats etc. Thus, man is the only creatures that uses language intentionally and habitually (Crystal 1997:40). Language allows interaction between human beings through the means of talking, this “Talk” is termed “Discourse”. Discourse is a verbal interaction. Hence, discourse analysis emerged from such talks whose meanings have to be analysed.
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