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date: 02 June 2020

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Language is a system established by a people to communicate their thoughts, desires, and feelings. It is a window through which one can view the psyche of the speakers. Language is basically oral and transient. It is also conventional and arbitrary. It may be supported by writing, a mnemonic and more permanent means of communication. Humans use language to preserve their history and their culture orally and in writing. Oral communication both predates and supersedes written communication. Several genres are employed in communication, e.g. narrative, drama, and poetry. This chapter highlights the oral rendering—orature—of these genres. It, however, focuses on the linguistic and literary aspects employed in the use of proverbs. It indicates how the language of proverbs often exposes the psyche of a people and how human beings may think in the same way but express themselves in different ways due to their historical and cultural heritage.

Keywords: culture, orature, language, poetry, narrative, proverb

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