By Michael Stanley

Smashed cranium, snapped ribs, and a cloying odor of carrion. go away the physique for the hyenas to devour—no physique, no case.

But whilst Kalahari video game rangers locate a human corpse mid-meal, it seems the homicide wasn’t ideal in spite of everything. sufficient facts is left to signify foul play. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu of the Botswana legal research division is assigned to the case.

Kubu’s character and body fit the moniker. His nickname is Setswana for hippopotamus—a likely docile creature, yet one of many deadliest at the continent. underneath Kubu’s friendly floor lies a similar unwavering get to the bottom of that makes the hippopotamus so deceptively risky. either will trample every little thing of their route to succeed in an target. And starting with the suspicious carrion demise, the shrewdpermanent detective battles to resolve the tangle of crime and corruption.

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In humour as in research, there is no accounting for taste: some readers may find this type of linguistic dissection overly painstaking, and therefore a little too tedious for their own liking. But they would be mistaken in underestimating the significance of stylistic microeffects such as those observed above. As Leech and Short remind us, ‘[i]f a reader feels that such minutiae are unimportant, writers, at least, do not’ (2007: 107). And indeed, most authors are known for repeatedly editing and rewriting their work, sometimes compulsively Towards an ‘African Stylistics’?

But this need not always be the case (see, for example, Leech and Short, 2007: 154–8). In what follows, a functional framework will be used as a basis for linguistic analysis, in an attempt to demonstrate that the concept of mind-style can help assemble some of the linguistic structures frequently used by Adichie’s narrator into a coherent interpretative whole. Because, as suggested above, a character’s idiolect reflects his or her worldview, I will also try to show that the linguistic changes in Kambili’s description of her experiences follow her psychological development.

23 of African literatures interested in language, namely the use of proverbs in novels. The aim behind the inclusion of this short examination is at least twofold. First, as the analysis finds theoretical inspiration in work that specifically addresses language in African fiction, this opening section underlines the richness of the existing research into culturally-related linguistic aspects of the continent’s literatures. 9 Second, since the origins of proverb analysis in Nigerian fiction are largely literary and ethnolinguistic, this section does not rely on complex grammatical models, a fact that may help to progressively ease the non-specialist into the book’s stylistically-based methodology.

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