International Journal of Linguistics

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 4, 2012

Acceptability of Arabic Reduplicates
AbstractThe relative importance attached to reduplication in spoken or written discourse, or acceptability or non-acceptability of a collocation with reference to formal/ informal use of language has not yet been accounted for. To find out how much reduplication...
A Comparative Meta-Analysis on the Effect of Higher vs. Lower Level Skills in EFL Reading
AbstractA successful EFL reading entails many factors. Among these, one can refer to both lower level linguistic factors such as 'overall linguistic proficiency of the learners' as well as higher level factors such as 'background knowledge' (schemata)...
A Comparative Study of the Readability of English Textbooks of Translation and Their Persian Translations
AbstractThe main concern of the present study was to compare the readability level of English textbooks of translation and their Persian translations using the Gunning Fog Index. To this end the corpus of the study comprised five translation textbooks...
A Corpus-Based Study of Conjunction Devices in English International Law Texts and Its Farsi Translation
AbstractCohesion as an indispensable linguistic feature in discourse analysis and translation has aroused many researchers' interest. To explore the regularity in shifting conjunction devices from English into Farsi our study was designed to analyze...
A Discourse Analysis of the Use of Code Switching in the Film Yellow Card
AbstractThis study analyzes the use of code switching as a communication strategy in the film Yellow Card. The film Yellow Card deals with HIV and AIDS concerns and inevitable discusses issues pertaining to sex and sexuality, which are unspeakable in...
A Focus-on-Fit Approach: The Explicit Instruction of Grammar to TOEFL Candidates in an EFL Context
AbstractThis study reports how to teach grammar depends on students' needs. Focus-on-form may not be useful for teaching-to-testing programs like preparation for TOEFL test with a limited time frame during which grammar cannot be learned through extensive...
A Functional Analysis of Prepositional Phrases in Persian
AbstractPrepositional phrases may take different roles in Persian sentences as independent constituents. They can also act as constituents dependent to nominal, adjectival and adverbial phrases. Role and Reference Grammar presents a general classification...
An OT Approach on the Word Order of Hakka Focus and Topic Constructions
AbstractThis paper adopts an Optimality Theoretic approach to analyze the basic word orders of Hakka involving the subject, verb, object, and additional PPs. As argued in this paper, in Hakka the sentence-initial constituent should be identified as the...
Application of Government and Binding Theory on Agreement in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic
AbstractModern Standard Arabic (MSA) has two basic patterns that are SVO and VSO. On light of Government and Binding Theory (GB), these word orders are illustrated in relation to the AGR Criterion that accounts for the restrictions on agreement associated...
Application of Lefevere's Seven Strategies in English Translations of Sohrab Sepehri's Poems
AbstractAmid translation subjects, poetry translation is the most controversial issue caused by the existing conflict between form and content and also high figurative language of poetry. Poetry interested translator needs more effort and creativity...
A Study of Euphemisms in the Context of English-Speaking Media
AbstractEuphemisms are frequently used by speakers of different languages to soften the impact of concepts with the potential to cause offence and social disapproval. Today, the use of euphemisms has increased by the media and new and controversial euphemism...
A Study of Two Qur'anic Counterfactuals: An Application of a Model of Conceptual Projection and Integration
AbstractThis paper examines two Qur'anic counterfactuals from the perspective of the Combined Input Hypothesis. This is a model of figurative meaning construction developed by Ruiz de Mendoza and others between 1999 and 2003 as an alternative model to...
A Study on the Historical Etymology and Causes of Collocations in Persian Language
AbstractThe issue of collocation which is carried out on the basis of appropriateness of semantic relationship between the words is a field of study in Linguistics and has a strong relationship with lexicology and semantics.Thorough and comprehensive...
Can Learning Strategies Predict Language Proficiency? A Case in Iranian EFL Context
AbstractThe interactions between individuals and their cognitive traits results in language learning. The aim of this article is to investigate the relationship between Iranian EFL learners' language learning strategies and their language proficiency....
Critical Thinking Skills through Literary and Non-Literary Texts in English Classes
AbstractThe urge behind the current study was to argue for the development of critical thinking in language learners as an important element in EFL classes. A host of ways such as explicit teaching of critical thinking skills and using special programs...
Does Emotional Intelligence or Self-Efficacy Have Something to Do with High School English Teachers' Critical Thinking, Considering Demographic Information?
AbstractThe current study examined the associations between critical thinking (CT) with emotional intelligence (EI) and also with self-efficacy at high schools. To this aim, 64 high school EFL teachers participated in the study. The participants were...
EAP Students' Reading Motivation of English Academic Expository Texts: A Mixed Methods Design
AbstractThis mixed methods research study explored the nature of reading motivation of selected EAP students majoring in medicine at an Iranian Medical University. In addition, this study examined the relationships between reading motivation constructs...
Event Schemas and Thematic Roles in Ilami Dialect of Kurdish
AbstractSpeakers use schemas to organize their knowledge of the world. Without these mental structures, communication would be too difficult, if not impossible. Schemas are of different kinds and event schemas are considered as one of the most important...
Exploring the Relationship between Intelligibility and Education
AbstractThis paper features the interrelationship between intelligibility and education. Facts about world Englishes, varieties within ASEAN, English as an international language, intelligibility, and education were reviewed. Previews of related papers...
Family Language Policy of the English Speaking Immigrant Community in Israel: Families with Young Children and Their FLP Planning, Management, and Outcomes
AbstractThis study explores Family Language Policy (FLP) processes of the English speaking families with young children in Israel. This paper is the first in series aimed at describing and exploring the FLP processes and outcomes of this community in...
How Do Non-Native Speakers of Arabic Language Acquire and Learn Morphology in Arabic? Evidence from Analysis of Three Young Acquirers: An Argentinean and Two Beninois
AbstractPurpose: To describe the earliest and latest morphological elements acquired by non-native speakers of Arabic language.Methods: Three young non-native speakers (a Spanish and two Beninois) were tape-recorded, twenty-minutes each and tested based...
Language and the Rationalization of Culture: Discourse and Apparatuses of Development
AbstractLanguage as a cultural concept is not simply being understood as a "medium' of representation of the world, but more importantly an inherent part of human thinking, discourse and practice. Development-despite its pragmatic connotation-is a particular...
Meaning in Rongmei
AbstractMeaning plays a very significant role in human languages. Meaning is the soul of a language. The importance of meaning has been recognized since the time immemorial. In the Vedas, the meaning is treated as the essence of language, the speech...
Multiple World Expression
AbstractLinguists, logicians and literary theorists all have their own ways of explaining the interplay between real and non-real worlds. None of these explanations adequately accounts for the use of language in situations where both real and imagined...
Present Status of Persian Language in Modern Turkish: The Case of Personal Names
AbstractThe study reported in this paper tends to investigate the present status of Persian language in modern Turkish language through investigating the extent of familiarity of Turkish university students with Persian loan personal names as a part...
Reactivating EFL Learners' Word Knowledge by Means of Two Techniques: Flashcards versus Wordlists
AbstractThis article best described learning vocabulary as an initial step to learn any foreign language. The authors showed an attempt to explore the effectiveness and nature of vocabulary acquisition through two techniques in English called picture...
Simple Sentence Structure of Standard Arabic Language and Standard English Language: A Contrastive Study
AbstractPurpose: To contrast and compare the simple sentence structure in the form of statement of both Standard Arabic SA and English SE Languages on the basis of Lado's Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis CAH.Method: 500 sentences in Standard Arabic and...
SMS Vocabulary Learning: A Tool to Promote Reading Comprehension in L2
AbstractReading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge have critical roles in success in a foreign language. They have also intricate relationships so that the increase in one leads to increase of the other. The aim of the present study was to investigate...
Sorani Kurdish Address Forms: Case of Northwest Iran
AbstractOur study aims at ascertaining and formulating a framework that would account for the Kurdish data. We scrutinize all the dyads that occur in the selected corpus, and describe how they usually work on the basis of the two following variables:...
Standard Arabic Left-Dislocation without Movement: Evidence for the Presence of a Hanging Topic Left-Dislocation Construction
AbstractThis paper investigates left-dislocation constructions in Standard Arabic (SA), most notably those that have been considered so far as SA CLLD constructions (cf. Aoun & Benmamoun 1998). On the basis of an arsenal of movement diagnostic and...
Sundanese Verbs in Mental Processes: A Systemic Functional Linguistics Approach
AbstractAlthough Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) approach is commonly applied to West Germanic languages, there is limited study has been conducted to apply this approach to Austronesian languages, especially Sundanese language. In this study,...
The Analysis of Grammatical Voice in the Short Story "The Setar"1
AbstractIn the history of grammar, the study of voice dates at least to the Sanskrit grammar of Panini. Voice analysis is thus one of the most ancient topics in the tradition of descriptive grammar.There is undoubtedly a systematic relation between the...
The Arabic Origins of English Pronouns: A Lexical Root Theory Approach
AbstractThis paper examines the genetic relationship between all personal pronouns, which are part of the core vocabulary of language, in Arabic and English mainly as well as German, French, and Latin secondarily. Converse to traditional views in comparative...
The Effect of Context on the Iranian EFL Learners' Idiom Retention
AbstractIdioms, forms of figurative language, are used pervasively in both spoken and written discourse. However, mainly due to their figurative nature, they are often considered difficult to learn. The present study tried to first of all briefly investigate...
The Effect of Instruction on Writing Performance of Intermediate EFL Persian Students
AbstractThis study was an attempt to investigate the effect of instruction on writing performance of EFL Iranian learners. For this purpose, a group of 33 Iranian learners studying at an English language school located in Isfahan, Iran, took part in...
The Effect of Mechanical and Meaningful Drills on the Acquisition of Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
AbstractThis study tested the hypothesis of the superiority of meaningful drills over mechanical drills in teaching comparative and superlative adjectives to high school students. A convenience sample of 84 male high school freshmen took part in this...
The Power Behind Images: Advertisement Discourse in Focus
AbstractThis paper aimed at analyzing six different advertisements (product/non-product ads) to investigate the intentions and techniques of consumer product companies to reach more consumers and sell more products. Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis...
The Use of YouTube in Teaching English Literature: The Case of Al-Majma'ah Community College, Al-Majma'ah University (Case Study)
AbstractThis paper explores the use of YouTube as a supplementary resource in teaching English novel at Al-Majma'ah Community College/Al-Majma'ah University. This study conducted on the second semester 2009/2010, At Al-Majma'ah community college/English...
VOT-Analysis: The Production of Stops by Agrammatic Palestinians
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to study the VOT characteristics of Palestinian Broca's aphasics and to compare them with those of normal speakers. The acoustic analysis has revealed aberrations in the VOTs of plosive sounds in speech of Broca's aphasics,...
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