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Title: Malapropism in a Second-Language Context: A Study of Icheoku and Masquerade
Authors: Diri, I
Teilanyo, Dirikon Iniebio
Keywords: Malapropism
Expressive Malapropism
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: The Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies (CAJOLIS)
Series/Report no.: Vol. 15, No. 1;40-63
Abstract: This paper investigates the linguistic defect of malapropism in two Nigerian media comedies, Icheoku and Masquerade. It traces the roots and basic features of malapropism and then identifies three dimensions that malapropism may assume in relation to the sources of the malapropriation, namely expressive intralingual malapropism, perceptive intralingual malapropism and perceptive interlingual malapropism. The paper demonstrates expressive intralingual malapropism from the two texts and examines the artistic element in this linguistic concept. Thus, it is demonstrated that malapropism is not only a (socio-)linguistic problem that is satirized in fictional terms in the two works but is a global phenomenon cutting across different types of linguistic communities
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