Non Fiction of Khushwant Singh: A Stylistic Perspective
Authors: Dr. Ritu Tiwari
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Stylistics in literature is an attempt to make literary criticism much more scientific, meticulous, objective and precise. It stresses upon the need to form literary grammar of language, a literary transformation and satisfactory definition of various literary terms such as, ‘style, poem, image, etc. More technically stylistic is the study of linguistic features of a literary text-phonological, lexical or syntactical, etc.; this directly affects the meaning of utterance. Stylistics as a branch of Linguistics deals with the features that are used in a literary text to bring out certain expression feelings or thoughts and also, the psychological impact on the reader’s mind. Within literary stylistics, various figures of speech as simile, metaphor, hyperbole, synonymy, polysemy, personification, pun, similarity and contrasts, etc. are more emphasized upon. When a text is analyzed linguistically, more scientific outlook is required to accomplish the task. The linguistic items used in writer’s style provide his text more and more variations, which is chief constituent of good writing. Khushwant Singh while writing especially, his non-fiction work, implemented linguistic features based on three levels i.e., level of sounds, words, sentences, paragraphs and even the text as a whole. It is very easy to analyze Khushwant Singh’s style linguistically in the area of fiction, but, it’s a challenging task to analyze his writing style within his non-fiction work. This paper deals with the linguistic analysis of his non- fiction through a linguistic perspective, that how he used to make it more real, interesting and touching and convincing to his readers. Thus, with his unique style, he provoked his readers to ponder over burning problems and get ready to find their solutions on their own as well as persuaded his readers to appreciate colorfulness and wonderful aspects of their lives.
Key Words: style, linguistics, variation, alliteration, assonance, semantics, syntax.