Analysis of The Speech Events in an M-Net African Drama Series- Tinsel
Grace Nana Aba Dawson-Ahmoah

The theoretical basis of language study offers a methodological heuristic for investigating communication. This, therefore, informed by this assumption, analyses the occurrence of sample speech events in season one, episode one of "Tinsel", an M-Net African drama series. Studies of Discourse Analysis which includes Dell Hymes's Ethnography of Communication theory have proved that the speaking grid could be considered as the most appropriate model to analyse discourse as a series of speech events and speech acts within a cultural context. The findings suggest that the most recurring event which was a friendly relationship was identified to be sharing in a colleague's success story (celebrations), friends assisting one another and friends advising each other. This study suggests that language is a channel through which people voice their sentiments, displeasure, reservations, thoughts and feelings.

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