• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Roald Dahls Lexis: The BFG has many lexical features that are very similar in nature and style. He uses a very simple, basic and colloquial language throughout the book.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Roald Dahl's Lexis: The BFG has many lexical features that are very similar in nature and style. He uses a very simple, basic and colloquial language throughout the book. His simple descriptive style with colloquial lexis is modern and unpretentious. Dahl strives to create semantic fields with images of death, cannibalism, war and murder in this tale for children. He describes the giants using terms of brutality and death, using their names to describe their eating habits and techniques when eating humans. 'Fleshlumpeater', for example is highly evocative as a compound word for he tears lumps of flesh from his victims. The semantic field and use of imagery in terms of butchery, murder and violence is consistently maintained throughout the novel but it does not have a troubling effect on the child readership. ...read more.

Middle

"Just because I is a giant, you think I is a man-gobbling cannybull!" His incorrect use of grammar such as 'I is' infers a lack of education. His language is very childlike which enables the child readers to become engrossed in the book and allows them to relate to the BFG. His lexis has developed from the holophrastic stage through to the point where his language resembles the speech of a 5-year old. His sentences share syntax but his grasp of verbs is very similar to theirs. Many aspects of the BFG's dialect are revealed in the coining's which may originate from the West Country. He uses the word 'human beans' for human beings and the lexical formation of children is 'chiddlers'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The BFG uses many coining's throughout the book which again suggests his lack of education, such as the word 'babblement' which means conversation of a meaningless nature. He uses the word 'murderful' which is a mixture of murder and the suffix 'ful', this again suggests the power of the giants. In contrast to murderful he uses the words 'whopsey whiffling'. The word whiffling may have been borrowed from Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Whiffling suggests movement in both Jabberwocky and The BFG. However, Dahl uses it for its onomatopoeic qualities and mixes it with 'whopsey' to form an alliterative rhyme. Similarly the word 'scrumdiddleyumptious' which was used in Dahl's previous book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' also has onomatopoeic qualities. By adding 'diddley' in between 'scrumptious' creates an elongated word with a sing song nature. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Investigating how language has changed in children's literature; in relation to interaction between ...

    5 star(s)

    You're too young to try such long runs. Let Warner know I've seen you. Good-night." Speech extract from School Girl Chums [Chapter 16: 'Hilary Turns Chauffeuse' p264- 265]: "Now, Hilary and Cynthia, I want an explanation." She began at once. "I conclude that you have an explanation of the fact that you were seen driving in a large car towards Blue-haven with a gentleman.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Exploring the genre and style of the Political Interview - Paxman and Galloway interview

    5 star(s)

    "Well" serves as a hedge word which Robin Lakoff (1975) classified as a key assumption of language used by women. Doing so gives an appearance of weakness yet it could equally be an indication of respect for the other speaker by offering some courtesy.

  1. The Handmaids Tale

    covers the breasts, the sleeves of the uniform are full length, there are also white wings in front of her face which prevent her from seeing too much. The red colour of the dress symbolizes fertility, by using this uniform, the Gilead government remind the handmaids of their only purpose; that being to conceive.

  2. An analysis of variations in style in comparison to Standard English.

    throughout the world, and 'Received Pronunciation, which is the accent of English usually associated with a higher social or academic background, with the BBC and the professions, and that most commonly taught to students learning English as a foreign language."23 So one has to clearly differentiate between Received Pronunciation (RP)

  1. Creative writing and commentary. It was the year 2015 and Earth was exploring ...

    The next morning Rachel was the first one up, she came out of the room and went to the kitchen to see if there was anything to eat for breakfast but there wasn't so she sneaked into Daniel and Brenda's room and see Brenda's purse on the side, so she

  2. Linguistic Analysis of Dahl and Blyton

    it can be used to show the linguistic causes of stylistic variations between writers. The result of using Ohmann's theory in conjunction with Chambers' guidelines for criticism (discussed in the analysis below) is that one can show how linguistic variations in text can account for the changing reception of a

  1. Story in the Style of Terry Pratchett

    A bustling man scurried through the hordes of thieves cramming the cobbled streets of Illann as fast his little legs would carry his portly body. Stubby fingers were crammed into the pockets of his shabby grey trousers, as they grasped onto his wallet � The term Sister Cities was controversially

  2. Fran's war, book review

    The abstract nouns 'anger', 'grief' and 'terror' have not been included just to show emotions, but these are all feelings most people have encountered. It therefore involves the reader by bringing them close to home, again, this relationship between Fran and the reader is being attained.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work