A LINGUISTIC STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF MARKET PLACE LANGUAGE IN ENUGU METROPOLIS

A LINGUISTIC STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF MARKET PLACE LANGUAGE IN ENUGU METROPOLIS

ABSTRACT

The Primacy of language in human affairs is an incontrovertible fact. Being specific to humans, language serves as vehicle for communication. As man lives in society, language is essentially a social phenomenon by which interaction and cooperation among the members of the society become possible. Language lies at the core of social co-existence. It cuts across every sphere of life: scientific, technological. Religious, social, personal and inter personal spheres. These different arrears of endeavour which language is used suggest that there is a wide variety of language occasioned by the context of use. Thus, the language of religion, law, medicine, photography, engineering, journalism, marketing and so on are at variance. This is why this work brings out the distinctness of marketplace language by x-raying the linguistic stylistic features, language use and socioeconomic factors and language use and gender with reference to markets in Enugu metropolis.