Aworo-okoroh Joy Oghogho (Ph.D.)

Senior Lecturer

Department of English,

Nasarawa State University

P.m.b.1022

Keffi

Nasarawa State

Nigeria

Mohammed Usman Alhaji

Department of English

Nasarawa State University

P.m.b 1022

Keffi

Nasarawa State

Nigeria

 

Abstract

Nigerians woke on the 12th  of December 2013 to witness an unprecedented open correspondence from an ex-president (obasanjo) to an incumbent president(Goodluck Jonathan).This letter sparked off a lot of controversies as well as heightened the already tense political domain in Nigeria. This paper believes that the communicative value of language is the thrust of any communicative act.Therefore; the research examined the pragmatic values of these letters. Drawing on Lawal theory of Speech Acts and Levinson’s Face  Negotiation theory the correspondence was examined .The utterances were categorized into locutionary,illocutionary and perlocutionary acts as well as the face threatening strategies employed by writhers of these correspondence. It was discovered that the linguistic choices employed by Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter were face threatening to the then president-Goodluck Jonathan and showed his supremacy over the incumbent president.

A Speech Act Analysis of Open Correspondence between Nigeria’s Ex-Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan

 

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