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How language and meaning are shaped by culture and context

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Nadia Owuor

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Nadia and Lilli How Language and Meaning are shaped by Culture and Context “ We are always trying to identify ourselves with our race, with our culture, with those things which we believe in, with some mystical figure, or some saviour...” Our Ideas and Opinions give us a sense of Identity How does language affirm identity? The Darling “My husband treats me as if I am suffering from the ‘Don’t touch me disease Ocol says I make his bedsheets dirty And his bed smelly he has vowed he will never touch me again he is in love with Tina.. Ocol dies for Clementine”

“I’m not unfair to my husband, I don’t complain when he wants another woman”

“The beautiful one with whom I share my husband returns from cooking her hair she resembles a chicken I am proud of the hair with which I was born”
“Let no one Uproot the Pumpkin”
(Pages 53-56) The Effect Context has on Language used The Darling Song of Lawino “I am proud of of the hair I was born And no white woman wishes to do her hair like mine, because she is proud of the hair with which she was born, I have no wish to look like a white woman.”
(Page 56)

“When I was walking I threw my long neck this way and that way Like the flower of the lyono lily waving in the gentle breeze. And my brothers used to call me Nya Dyang ”
(Page 47)

“The hair of the Acoli is different from that of the Arabs; The Indians’ hair resembles the tail of the horse; it is like sisal strings and needs to be cut with scissors. It is black, and is different from that of white women. A white woman’s hair is soft like silk;”
(page 51) Song of Lawino The role society plays in identity Song of Lawino “my clansmen, I cry listen to my voice: the insults of my husband are painful and beyond bearing” The Darling First husband not much to talk about apart from small things.
"It's going to rain again! Rain every day, as though to spite me. I might as well hang myself! It's ruin! Fearful losses every day."
Second husband they talk about his timber business.
"It seemed to her that she had been in the timber trade for ages...words such as "baulk," "post," "beam," "pole," "scantling," "batten," "lath," "plank," etc." We sense that society is collectively patting the protagonist on the back for subordinating to the male intellect ’Use of the endearment "darling" patronizes and even demeans Olga Olga is endearingly sweet and unaffected by any one's opinions that are not her husbands'.

Changes both her attitude and opinions depending on the husband.

Has a lack of independence, solid ideas, opinions and beliefs.

"Her husband's ideas were hers. If he thought the room was too hot, or that business was slack, she thought the same."

"Yesterday we gave 'Faust Inside Out,' and almost all the boxes were empty; but if Vanitchka and I had been producing some vulgar thing, I assure you the theater would have been packed"

Story is probably used to bring for the issue of female disempowerment and exaggerate how selfless women were during Chekhov's time.
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