A Linguistic Study of E. E. Cummings next to of course god America and nobody loses all the time’

UDABA, R. O. (2004) A Linguistic Study of E. E. Cummings next to of course god America and nobody loses all the time’. University of Nigeria Journal of Literary Studies (4). pp. 101-112.

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Modem linguistic has opened a way for the use of the concept of communicative competence in literary studies. This angle of literary examination involves objectively describing observed facts and what language does in certain circumstances. Chomsky notion of competence applies to the sum coral of what the individual native speaker knows about his language and its rules, while the contrasting notion, performance, applies to the actuality of the use of language by the individual native speaker, which gives rise to the variety in usage by individuals, with circumstances of mood, temperament, social experience as modifying factors. This kind of study demands a detailed knowledge of the mechanics of the English language so as to be able to describe correctly the functions of the elements of grammar and the relationship of one clement to another. Many Linguists question the relevance if these linguistic theory to the teaching of language, but Wilkins insists on its relevance, saying that ‘... it is hard to imagine that language can ever be taught without reference to the available Language descriptions (qtd. Agbdo 166).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculty of Arts > Faculty of Law > Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 14:50
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/2123

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