A Pragmatic Analysis of Selected Nicknames Used by Yoruba Brides for In-Laws

Adekunbi Eniola Akintola, Joshua Sunday Ayantayo

Abstract


Names are generally used for identification in all human society. It has been observed by scholars working in this field that names perform more functions than ordinary means of identification. Following Austin (1967) speech act theory, it is observed that names perform some illocutionary acts which can help us maintain a peaceful cohabitation in our society. This work examined the use of nicknames by Yoruba brides for their in-laws.
We analyzed those nicknames using pragmatic theories. The data was gathered within Ibadan and Akure metropolis and their remote settlements. Oral interview was used to compliment the intuitive knowledge of the researchers. Twenty-one (21) nicknames were selected for this study.
Our findings revealed that, these nicknames are used for eulogizing, respecting and insulting/chastising. We therefore concluded that these nicknames be encouraged especially in the face of modernization that is eroding our culture and tradition of respect and
appreciation.


Keywords


Nicknames; In-law; Bride; Yoruba; Culture and tradition

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8815

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