The study of sound devices in selected Jopadhola riddles
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The main focus of the current study is on Jopadhola riddles. Despite the terseness of the riddle as an efficient form of orature, it has critically been observed that, it’s still taken as a childhood game. Its literariness however has been a great deal ignored. This study explores the analysis of Jopadhola riddles based on language and sound devices. This research goes further to look at the role Dhopadhola as a language plays in the interpretation of sound devices in Jopadhola riddles. The riddles therefore possess sound devices hidden in them. This study discusses the extent to which riddles function as a crossover form in Padhola, and it examines whether those posed by children among themselves, or by adults and children to a mixed audience, differ in terms of complexity of sound devices, themes, and metaphors used by the performers. The study further argues that, although riddles posed to a crossover audience may differ greatly from those targeting an exclusively adult audience, our understanding of the functional value of riddles depends on the prevailing social issues in the community at the time of performance. Therefore, understanding riddling as a discourse in Padhola culture thus depends as much on unravelling the way the established formulas function as on exploring the way the sound devices relate to the nature of a given audience and the prevailing social realities in the community at the time of performance. The current study therefore discusses the manifestations of sound devices like assonance, rhyme, consonance, alliteration, and repetition on these riddles and how these sound devices bring out meaning in these selected riddles. There are Sixty (60) selected Jopadhola riddles that are analyzed here, and the 60 selected Jopadhola riddles are put in five categories of sound devices and that’s, Alliteration, Consonance, Assonance, Rhyme, and Repetition. The data was collected through participation in riddles performances and oral interviews. I analyzed the data in the five categories using the descriptive quantitative method. These sound devices will therefore make riddles more significant as an oral literary genre. It’s actually clear that sound devices are common features in riddles. (Bukenya and Nandwa, 1983) and (Ruth Finnegan, 1970) mentioned in the content are the prominent advocates of oral literature and have contributed a lot in this study. The riddles are analysed in the original language and translations are clearly made. Therefore, this study will contribute more to oral literature in the aspect of sound devices in riddles.