A preliminary survey of Northern Sotho idioms

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dc.contributor.advisor Mr. W.J. Pretorius; Mr. S.A. Makopo en_US
dc.contributor.author Mogale, Wilson Marabu
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T09:32:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T09:32:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7615
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract In chapter one, emphasis is placed on the usage of Northern Sotho idioms. Furthermore, the origins of these idioms are traced. An attempt is also made to define the idiom as a sub-genre of folklore. As confusion concerning the differences between the idiom and proverb, can persist, a clear differentiation will be made between the two sub-genres, to reduce an y uncertainty in this regard. A study of the idiom as an important element in folklore will be undertaken in chapter 2. Idioms have been treasured by past and present generations, as well as being preserved for posterity as part of traditional African legacy. Many Northern Sotho idioms reveal a belief in mythology. When, for example, people disrespect their gods, various forms of pestilence can follow. In this chapter, the apparent influence that proverbs have on idioms comes under close scrutiny. Further, other factors such as animal and insects also play an important role in the formation of idioms. In addition, the behaviour of people, their beliefs and their customs will be studied. Chapter three considers the specific aspects giving rise to idioms. For instance, an example of this phenomenon is the relationship between natural phenomena and human beings. The behaviour of people, and the resulting idioms, are thus scrutinized. Chapter 4 emphasizes the semantic value of Northern Sotho idioms and the specific meanings which are conveyed. As idioms are used in various forms of speech, their meanings depend on their contextual usage. To classify idioms, a careful study from various angles must be conducted in order to establish their meanings. Hence, this study enables an identification of the best method of classification, which is also effective for other studies. Classification is a difficult exercise, especially since various methods are employed by different scholars. Different words that are used in sentences can also be used in the technique of classification. Hence, idioms are studied and classified with regard to nouns, verbs and sentences. Thus nominal, verbal and sentential idioms result. Chapter 6 deals with the new idioms which have emerged since the sixties to date as a result of technological developments and changing lifestyles. This new vocabulary draws from the economic spheres, sport friendships, religion, behaviour, politics, education and other general human actions and affairs. Emergent idioms did not exist previously, but are nevertheless understood by many people. It is evident that these idioms will strongly anchor themselves in future language. They emerge as changes manifest themselves. Hereby, a study of their origins and meanings is undertaken. Emergent idioms will undoubtedly enrich and increase the already existing corpus of Sotho idioms. en_US
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dc.subject Northern Sotho language - Idioms en_US
dc.subject Northern Sotho language - Grammar en_US
dc.title A preliminary survey of Northern Sotho idioms en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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