Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 1(4), pp. 214 - 221
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010406
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Language Use in Ìdààmú Páàdì Mínkáílù: A Yoruba Religio-Satiric Play

Adagbada Olufadekemi Phd *
Department of Nigerian and Foreign Languages and Literatures,Faculty of Arts,Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria


Literary satire is generally a social pre-occupation; an attempt to contribute to the advancement of a society in all the ramifications of the word. This is done by humorously pointing out individual or collective non-conformation to accepted norms and ethos. The task however demands subtlety, especially when operating from a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society like Nigeria. It therefore calls for a great ingenuity especially in the use of language by the satirist who must bring his ideal to the fore. In the view of Sociolinguistics, this paper submits that in Idaamu Paadi Minkailu under study, Adebayo Faleti can draw out from the reader a mirthless laughter in the confusion and agitation faced by a Catholic priest and elder statesman, who must not divulge the confession of a repentant member of his congregation, but must also ensure the obedience to, and the maintenance of the social order in his society. The satirist’s bias and the probable reasons for it are highlighted in this paper.

Religion, Social order, Crime, Humour, Language

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[1] Adagbada Olufadekemi Phd , "Language Use in Ìdààmú Páàdì Mínkáílù: A Yoruba Religio-Satiric Play," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 214 - 221, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010406.

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Adagbada Olufadekemi Phd (2013). Language Use in Ìdààmú Páàdì Mínkáílù: A Yoruba Religio-Satiric Play. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1(4), 214 - 221. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010406.