The Morphology,Semantics And Sociolinguistics Of Yoruba Names.
It is observed that all oruko 'attributive names', certain oruko abiso 'personal names' and alaje 'nicknames' can be easily identified along gender distinction in Yoruba (Ola-Orie 2002). In this paper, I show that the parameters for this identification are morphological semantic and sociolinguistic phenomena rather than a sole affair of semantics as widely acclaimed in the literature. I establish that names which contain baba 'father', akin 'valour', ogun 'war',ja 'fight',fe 'like/love' are exclusively masculine and therefore given to male children whereas names that contain iya/yeye 'mother', ewa 'beauty' the verbs ke 'adorn' and be 'beg' are almost always feminine and given to female children. I claim that these morphological and semantic properties are- due to the influence of societal norms on linguistics: it is ,shown that while Yoruba assign physical activities such as waging war, wrestling and hunting to male members of the society; activities that involve caring, adoration and aesthetics are exclusively for females.
Morphology , Semantics
Ajiboye,O.(2011)The Morphology,Semantics And Sociolinguistics Of Yoruba Names. Alore Vol.20.