The Nexus between Stylistics and Discourse in the Explication of Meaning

Godwin F. Akpan


There are basically two forms of a text – the spoken form and the written form. The vehicle that carries a text, whether spoken or written, is language. This language does not exist in a vacuum, it must function within an environment or an event. It is the parameters of stylistics and discourse that the linguist uses in the explication of meaning. Both approaches pursue meaning not only in terms of the linguistics element and the sense it makes to the hearer but also seems to see any word in terms of who said it, to whom, where, in whose presence, with what objects around and what effect it has on the hearer (reader). It is against this eclectic approach to linguistic analysis that this paper seeks to examine the relationship between stylistics and discourse. The paper adopts purely narrative and descriptive approach in its discourse, noting of course the points of interconnectedness and the points of departure. It concludes that for now and in the near future, stylistics and discourse are veritable tools in the hands of the language analyst.




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