Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Page: 181-189
Documenting the Significance of the Ibibio Traditional Marriage Gift Items: A Communicative Approach
Bassey Andian Okon, Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Edemekong Lawson Ekpe, Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Stella Asibong Ansa, Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Received: Mar. 24, 2014;       Accepted: Apr. 25, 2014;       Published: Apr. 30, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20140203.17      View  2983      Downloads  271
Abstract
Marriage is one of the culture universals being that it is contracted in every society of the world, but its mode of contract varies from one society to the other. This paper unravels the significance and reasons for the traditional marriage gifts in Ibibio traditional marriage. Gifts in general, have meanings attached when given or received but most importantly, they communicate the culture of the people and other forms of emotions. Through this work, the different items given and the significance of the gifts in Ibibio traditional marriage/ culture are shown. The theoretical framework is the semiotic approach which has to do with the science of sign system or signification which is amenable to this paper. This work was a purely qualitative research, where participant observation and unstructured interviews were employed. The scope of the study is the Ibibio ethnic group of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.
Keywords
Documenting, Traditional Marriage, Gift Items, Communicative, Semiotics
To cite this article
Bassey Andian Okon, Edemekong Lawson Ekpe, Stella Asibong Ansa, Documenting the Significance of the Ibibio Traditional Marriage Gift Items: A Communicative Approach, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 181-189. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20140203.17
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