Due to stylistic reasons and the necessity to emphasise particular messages and elements of texts, the element of orality from oral literature has made its way into written literature. Over the years, critics have focused more on the thematic and stylistic analysis of Ojo-Les Ade's paradis terrestres (Paradis) and Les rêves d'une fille (Rêves), Sanusi's Le bistouri des larmes (Bistouri), and Un nègre a violé une blonde à Dallas (Nègre), and less on the oral nature texts. As a result, this study examines orality markers in the chosen novels by Femi Ojo-Ade and Ramonu Sanusi using close reading as a method of data collecting and Arnold's theory of foregrounding as a tool for addressing problems about literary motifs and how they come to be prominent in texts. The chosen works contain orality markers such as exclamatory remarks in sentential forms, repeats through reiteration, and syntactic parallelism, which contribute musicality and aesthetic appeal to the texts while highlighting the novelists' thematic concerns. The study comes to the conclusion that orality markers in literary texts serve stylistic and aesthetic purposes before readers engage with the texts, lessening how graphically harsh realities in sociolinguistic, sociopolitical, socioeconomic, and sociocultural contexts are received in contemporary francophone committed literatures of the twenty-first century.
Keywords: Verbal cues, exclamatory statements, repetitions, sanusi ojo-ade
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