Metamorphosis: A Pragmatic Analysis Of Jero's Metamorp

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Human Comedy in Wole Soyinka’s Jero’s metamorphosis: A Pragmatic Analysis

Léonard A. Koussouhon
Faculty of Arts and Humanities (F.L.A.S.H)
/Department of English Studies
University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)
Calavi, BENIN

Moustafa Guézohouèzon
Faculty of Arts and Humanities (F.L.A.S.H)
Ecole Doctorale Pluridisciplinaire (EDP) (Espaces, Cultures, Développement)
Laboratory for Research in English Linguistics and Language (LabRELL)
University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Abomey-Calavi, BENIN


Falsity has turned the best-seller commodity rampantly symptomatic of interpersonal relations within/between most contemporary African nations. Roughly everybody strives adamantly for somebody to lull, betray and suckle to the bone. Combating such insidious victimization has long remained part of most African writers’
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By the way, the current article reads as: Human Comedy in Soyinka’s Jero’s Metamorphosis: A Pragmatic Analysis. Indeed, the leading hypothesis of the work is that readers don’t actually grab the very intent and philosophy lurking behind the allegorical language of literature. Accordingly, our objective is to contribute to deciphering with more ease Soyinka’s in-built message and philosophy so as to make his societal mission more operative, the vital goal of pragmatics being to scavenge for and atomize the “Invisible meaning” (Yule, 1996:127) potential of language. For that matter, through the sieve of pragmatics, this article leans on an excerpt from the target play to unveil manifestations of Soyinka’s unsaid intentions. Our foci of analysis revolve around presupposition, inference, speech act, and conversational implicature. Findings are assessed and commented on from the perspective of their economic and socio-developmental

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