Motion and Locution: A Pragma-scientific Study of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and Keye Abiona’s Even Kins Are Guilty

  • Idowu OdebodeEmail author
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The Newtonian law of inertia in Physics holds that an external object remains motionless unless another external object acts upon it. This law has three facets: the first principle states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an unbalanced external force. Newton’s second law maintains that the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector. Finally, Newton argues that for every action, there is an equal opposite reaction. Similarly, the Austinian speech act theory (1962) holds that in saying something, we do something else. Speech Acts, as a linguistic principle, is also divided into three recognisable acts: locutionary act (the act of saying something), illocutionary act (the function of what is said) and perlocutionary act (the effect of what is said on the listener). The thrust of this study is to examine the interplay and manifestation of these theories on Death and the King’s Horseman, a play by the foremost African literary writer, Wole Soyinka and Even Kins Are Guilty, a drama text by a budding literary writer, Keye Abiona.


Motion Locution Onomastics Keye Abiona Wole Soyinka 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishRedeemer’s UniversityEdeNigeria

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