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In memoriam lingua: ’n linguistiese ondersoek van ’n metafiksionele teks deur Etienne van Heerden

L. Mackenzie
Literator | Vol 16, No 1 | a591 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v16i1.591 | © 1995 L. Mackenzie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1995 | Published: 30 April 1995

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L. Mackenzie, Dept. Afrikaans & Nederlands, Rhodes Universiteit, Grahamstad, South Africa

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In memoriam lingua: A linguistic investigation of a metafictional text by Etienne van Heerden
Metafictional texts always problematize explicitly and/or implicitly the ability of language to signify a reality beyond itself It follows that an assessment of a metafictional text should benefit by an investigation of its linguistic fabric. A similar investigation of Etienne van Heerden's short story "Die wederopstanding van Olive” in Liegfahriek (a) outlines a number of the author-narrator's strategies - verbal and non-verbal - in order to circumvent the insignificance of his medium; (b) brings the reader to a realisation of his/her own participation in the stultification of language, and (c) reveals the inherent content of all literary texts.

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