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Linguistic Deviation as a Stylistic Device in Pakistani English Fiction

The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , Volume 25 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1990


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Linguistic Deviation as a Stylistic Device in Pakistani English Fiction


ArticlesLinguistic Deviation as a Stylistic Device in Pakistani English Fiction SAGE Publications, Inc.1990DOI: 10.1177/002198949002500102 Tariq Rahman Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan The idea of literary language, especially poetic language, being somehow deviant from the language of discursive prose forms the basis of some recent contemporary stylistic theories. This deviant language is said to make the work, or parts of it, stand out - foregrounds it - and this in itself is artistically significant since, according to Shklovsky, the quality of literariness is related to being different, being strange as it were, and capable of evoking other than stereotyped or simplistic responses.' Leech has given a taxonomy of the stylistic devices used by poets to create deviance and some of them can be usefully applied to the study of literature, especially twentieth-century literature which privileges the deviant rather than the norm more than most other literary eras.' The aim of this article is to throw some light on the way Pakistani creative writers use deviant English as a stylistic device in their fiction. For this purpose I shall first touch upon the mesolect, i.e. that form of Pakistani English which deviates from standard English because of interference from the indigenous
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