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The Nweh Narrative Genre: Implications on the Pedagogic Role of Translation

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The Nweh Narrative Genre: Implications on the Pedagogic Role of Translation

Justina Njika (Author)

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ISBN-13 (Printausgabe) 3869557885
ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783869557885
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736937888
Language English
Page Number 274
Lamination of Cover matt
Edition 1 Aufl.
Volume 0
Publication Place Göttingen
Publication Date 2011-06-30
General Categorization Non-Fiction
Departments Linguistics
Description

People use talk in marked and varied ways to make sense of the world. This has constituted one of
the major themes in humanistic and social scientific thought since the mid-twentieth century. This
book discusses the defining elements of the study of these themes (Discourse Analysis), throws
more light on the narrative discourse showing its implications on the pedagogic role of translation.
The major interest of this study lies in the belief that mere descriptive accounts of sentences
are insufficient in connected discourse. One needs to go beyond the surface realisation in order to
attain the intended meaning. Thus, it is not enough to describe the internal structure of the elements
in a sentence or a discourse; the ‘why’ and the ‘where’ these elements should be used is equally
important. It is for this reason that the study draws from Functional Grammar and Relevance
theoretical frameworks to identify and characterize the constituents of the Nweh narrative genre and
to portray the relevance of such a study in Discourse Analysis to translation, both as a discipline and
as a pedagogic tool in Second Language Acquisition contexts.
It is hoped that language teachers and translators will use the suggestions in this book to
ameliorate their performances.
This study challenges Nweh speakers to work towards the standardization and development
of the Nweh Language and invites other scholars to continue to promote research in African
languages at large and Cameroon national languages in particular. It is through such commitment
that the much-needed preservation of Cameroon’s multilingual heritage can be achieved.
Professor Gabriel Mba