International Journal of Linguistics

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, 2012

Atrophization of Minority Languages: Indigenous Folktales to the Rescue
AbstractIn the wake of the already established fact that Africa in particular, and some other developing countries of the world, are gradually losing their linguistic heritages, and in consequence their cultural ethos, to the encroachment of the 'super-power'...
Creative Stimulating Environment for Studying and Development
AbstractMany adults have been 'educated out' of being imaginative and can quite often forget what it is like to let their imagination take flight. So it is important for children to be encouraged, and not put off, in the early stages of their development,...
Critical Discourse Analysis of Political TV Talk Shows of Pakistani Media
AbstractThis study aims at exploring the relationships between language and ideology and how such relationships are represented in the analysis of spoken texts, following van Dijk's Socio Cognitive Model (2002). In this study, it is tried to show that...
Cultural and Linguistic Hybridizations in Cameroon: English Loanwords in
AbstractThis paper examines the various linguistic processes that English loanwords in ngembà have undergone due to the long-term contact between this African language and English as the language of European importation. A close scrutiny of the borrowed...
«English Koraa Y[epsilon]de Twi Mixe!» Is the Variety of Akan Spoken by Ghanaian Immigrants in Italy Developing into a Mixed-Code?
AbstractThis paper illustrates the results of qualitative analysis of a sample of face-to-face interactions and of formal interviews (a total of 27 hours of recordings) involving a selected group of Ghanaian immigrants in Northern Italy. A distinguishing...
"Facebook Love" on Online Social Networking Platforms: An Analysis of the Linguistic Expression and Portrayal of Love in a Selected Nigerian Hip-Hop Track
AbstractThis research work discussed the expression of love relationships in new media, particularly in a social networking platform; Facebook. Its objectives were achieved through the juxtaposition of this idea in line with further exploration as expressed...
Non-Creole Features in the Verb System of Afro-Hispanic Languages: New Insights from SLA Studies
AbstractThe goal of this paper is to show how two commonly found linguistic features in Afro-Hispanic contact varieties can be explained as the result of advanced second language strategies and, for this reason, they do not necessary imply a previous...
Second Language Acquisition of Telicity by Persian Learners of English
AbstractThis study investigates L2 acquisition of telicity, in particular, how the Persian EFL learners interpret a/telic sentences comparing with English native speakers. To the mentioned aim, 70 EFL learners of English assigned to four groups of elementary,...
Slang and Colloquialism in Cameroon English Verbal Discourse
AbstractThe study investigates features of slang and colloquialism in Cameroon English verbal discourse which have been created through the following processes - coinage, semantic extension, clipping, reduplication, double subjects, and pidgin-induced...
Teaching General English in Academic Context: Schema-Based or Translation-Based Approach?
AbstractThis study is one of the first attempts to investigate the effect of schema-based general English teaching and testing on English language learning in an Iranian academic context. A total of 90 undergraduate theology students studying general...
The Effect of Personality Traits on Use of the Cognitive English Language Learning Strategies
AbstractThe present study aims to find out the effect of personality traits on use of the Cognitive English Language Learning Strategies (CELLSs) for learners of English as a foreign language, and the role of personality traits in the prediction use...
The Relationship between Iranian EFL Learners' Emotional Intelligence and Their Performance on TOEFL/PBT
AbstractThe present study elaborated the relationship between Iranian higher intermediate EFL learners' Emotional Intelligence (EI) and their performance on TOEFL/PBT. Advancement in emotional traits and self-awareness about ones likes and dislikes might...
Transdisciplinarity in the Study of Human Communication: A 21st Century Challenge
AbstractThe following article attempts to list a series of theoretical and methodological challenges language studies have yet to overcome. My claims are based on what is known as 'complex thought' and a set of conceptual tools that can be traced back...
Where Is Going to Going to Go? A Generative Proposal between Diachrony and Synchrony
AbstractThe aim of this paper is threefold: first, to examine the diachronic development of the be going to construction in English from a historical point of view, investigating the formation of this construction, as well as its change in function and...
Wh- Questions in Shona
AbstractThis paper tries an explication of wh-questions, also referred to as interrogatives, in Shona. A number of languages, including English, French and Buli, just to mention a few, have been noted to deal with question words differently. Shona belongs...