Authorial Neologisms in Bernardine Evaristo’s Novels: A Sociolinguistic Perspective
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- sociolinguistics; neologisms; word formation; identity
The purpose of this study is to look into the language of the renowned British author Bernardine Evaristo to find examples of authorial neologisms and writerly words. In the course of the analysis that was carried out, a list of 40 authorial neologisms was compiled out of three novels: “Mr. Loverman”, “Girl, Woman, Other,” and “Soul Tourists”. The mechanism of authorial coinage emulates general linguistic trends of word formation, namely, affixation, conversion, blending and compounding. Authorial linguistic creativity manifests copious imaginative power, technical excellence, and emotional range on par with stylization aimed at describing social contexts and classes. Examining the way characters in the novel use language in different social contexts provides a wealth of information about their social identity: black intellectuals, black artists, gender-fluid people, feminists, gays and bisexuals, Afro-Caribbean people in London, and Londoners with black roots. The random sampling method and contextual and linguistic analysis provided a base for this research.
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TY - CONF AU - Dubovitskaya Maria PY - 2023 DA - 2023/04/28 TI - Authorial Neologisms in Bernardine Evaristo’s Novels: A Sociolinguistic Perspective BT - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Asia Association of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (AsiaCALL 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 297 EP - 304 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-042-8_25 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-042-8_25 ID - Maria2023 ER -