One of the ways how the study of language in literature can help improve one’s English language is through improving one’s English language skills.
This is because when we apply the stylistic knowledge to analyse and critic a certain piece or a literary work, we ought to first master the knowledge of the English language. This in return requires us to search on ways to improve ourselves in the depths of the knowledge of the English language which necessitates us to read more, hence, improving our vocabulary both voluntarily and involuntarily and heightens our mental lexicon. Moreover, we need to be able to have a good comprehend of the language in relationship to grammar and tenses in order for us to be able to analyse and critic a literary text, therefore it helps us to be competent users of the English language and therefore able to apply any sort of linguistic knowledge in analysing and criticising a piece. For instance, an example of a piece that shows much deviation in phonological as well as mispronunciation and spelling error in a grammatical sense is the Dickens, Oliver Twis where it writes about the depiction of Gamfield; ‘That’s acause they damped the straw afore they lit it in the chimbley to make ’em come down again,’ said Gamfield; ‘that’s all smoke, and no blaze; vereas smoke ain’t o’ no use at all in making a boy come down, for it only sinds him to sleep, and that’s wot he likes. Boys is wery obstinit, and wery lazy, Gen’l’men, and there’s nothink like a good hot blaze to make ’em come down vith a run. It’s humane too, gen’l’men, acause, even if they’ve stuck in the chimbley, roasting their feet makes ’em struggle to hextricate theirselves.
‘There is a high probability that one who does not have the knowledge of language in literature may seem to interpret the text above as too many spelling errors or seemingly in an odd structure but however with the knowledge of language in literature, we understand that the persona expresses his/her writing using deviations to foreground important structures in their work. This means the knowledge of grammar and tenses are important elements for us to hold strong to. Thus, the study of language in literature can help improve one’s English language is through improving one’s English language skills.