Studies in Literature and Language

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 3, 2012

A Biographical Look into Arthur Miller's Understanding of Wives and Mothers
AbstractThe article attempts to examine Arthur Miller's biographical background especially his mother, his wives and the other women around him and investigate his relationship with them in order to gain a better understanding of the wife and mother...
A Corpus Approach to Discourse Analysis of Newspaper Restaurant Reviews: A Preliminary Analysis
AbstractThis study is a corpus-based discourse analysis that explores specific discourse communities of restaurant reviews in newspapers. The design of this study is largely influenced by the works of Swales (1990), Bhatia (1993), and Biber et al. (2007),...
A Memetic Study on Number Three
AbstractBased on the concept of memetics and the life cycle of memes, this paper analyzes the phonemenon of a typical number Three in its cutural connotation and the evolution of its meaning in both English and Chinese as meme. It further explores the...
An Empirical Study on Age Variable
AbstractAge is a very important variable in second language acquisition. For years, the effect of age in SLA (second language acquisition) is a disputable topic in the field of linguistics. However, the dispute focuses more on theoretical basis rather...
A Synthesis of Selected Language Learning Strategy Studies in Iran
AbstractO'Malley and Chamot (1990) define learning strategies as "the special thoughts or behaviors that individuals use to help them comprehend, learn or retain new information" (p. 1). In recent decades, many Iranian scholars have concentrated on learning...
A Theory of Realistic Representation in Henry James
AbstractA dimension of the later style of the fiction of Henry James is its deep concern not with selves and identities but with images and appearances. These works typically picture the character in in-between situations where he is recognized not as...
Descriptive Focus as a Semiotic Marker in Festus Iyayi's Violence
AbstractDescriptive Focus is a technique of rendering fiction whereby (mock) reality is constructed vividly and graphically through the descriptive power of portrayal. A prose writer using this style may zoom his lenses on certain episodes and characters...
Development Status of Communicative Listening Test and Teaching
AbstractLanguage as a tool plays a significant role in bridging and facilitating different people to build up good relationships in social interactive communication, surely during which, listening dominates the big part of the time. This article reviews...
Disgrace of Stereotypical Ambivalence: A Postcolonial Perspective on J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace
AbstractThe study is an attempt to clarify the thematic misgivings J. M. Coetzee's Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace has aroused by having a detailed discussion on the protagonist David Lurie, his stereotypical ambivalence and his disgrace, so as to...
Dreams "Deferred" but Identity Affirmed and Manhood Restored: A New Look at A Raisin in the Sun
AbstractThis article explores how Hansberry handles blacks' dreams masterfully and uniquely in her play A Raisin in the Sun. Distinctively different from the other black writers who dealt with the issue, she points out that the deferment and collapse...
Gender and Language Learning Strategy Use-In the Case of Chinese High School Students
AbstractThe present study investigated the relationship between gender and learning strategy preferences of Chinese senior high school students. Analyses indicated that high school students under investigation used a variety of learning strategies to...
Language, Culture and Communication: The Ibibio Worldview
AbstractLanguage, culture and communication are complementary elements/features in all societies. The Ibibio society which is the focus of this article describes the people as well as the language. The Ibibios are found in the South- South Geopolitical...
Method and Myth in L. P. Hartley's the Go-Between
AbstractCritical readings of The Go-Between often relate its depiction of sexuality, class and gender to the symbolism with which the author is frequently identified. Such connections can be further illuminated by considering T.S. Eliot's notion of the...
On Oral English Teaching for Chinese English Majors from a Constructivist Perspective
AbstractOral English teaching is not satisfactory and many teachers face a problem of considering how to develop learners' oral English proficiency. Thus, to find ways of systematically and practically improving oral English teaching, the paper, chiefly...
Prototype Account of Tense-Aspect Morphology Acquisition-A Review and Its Prospect
AbstractLanguage is one of the greatest human inventions. Linguists have been working on how language works and how people learn language. Theories in second language acquisition and cognitive science have been combined to explain how verbs are acquired....
Role of Utopia for Design of Future Cities: Utopia in Urban Planning Literature
AbstractUtopian thinking historically played a central role in the literature on urban planning. Utopians were the first planners. Many utopian projects were, throughout history and until recently, a research laboratory for both urban planners and theorists....
Semantic and Rhetorical Shift as Stylistic Devices in Soyinka's Dramatic Works
AbstractOne of the major attributes of language is its creativity. Every natural language is capable of expressing a vast range of experiences both real and imaginary. Alongside this non controversial claim is the uncertainty concerning the exact nature...
The Easiest Common Language in the Cosmos and a Manifesto of the Human Common Language
AbstractThe author of this essay has first probed into the human beings' necessity for the common language, and has expounded on the easiest common language existing everywhere in the cosmos and running through all "dead" & living things, and then...
The Effects of Informal Use of Computer-Mediated Communication on EFL Learner Interaction
AbstractThe study adopted an experimental approach to investigate the impact of informal use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learner's interaction. CMC is an umbrella term which refers to human communication...
The Inevitable Fall: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and the Icarus Myth
AbstractWith the application of the renowned Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye's theory of archetype, this thesis attempts to analyze the Icarus myth in Doctor Faustus. It compares the experience and temperament of the protagonist Faustus to those...
The Tragic Hero of the Post-Classical Renaissance
AbstractEnglish drama spearheaded by William Shakespeare, is dominated by the Post-Classical Renaissance. Prerenaissance drama in England was essentially allegorical plays extolling Christian values. This paper therefore critically looks at how Shakespearean...
Three Windows to Plato's Academy: A Study of Kathleen Raine's "A House of Music", "Soliloquies upon Love" and "A Blessing"
AbstractThis paper investigates the basic and essential views that Kathleen Raine, a great though not fully acknowledged contemporary British poet, shares with Plato through commentaries offered on three of her poems. The influence of Plato on Raine...
Where There Is Oppression, There Is Resistance-An Analysis of the Motives of Heathcliff's Revenge
AbstractWuthering Heights is one of the most successful novels in the world. Heathcliff's crazy revenge even gains lots of attention. From the perspective of psychology, especially Abraham H. Maslow's motivation theory, this paper studies the motives...
Women Characters in Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories
AbstractThis paper aims to discuss Katherine Mansfield's women characters. As a woman writer, Mansfield is very much concerned with the position of women in society. Stories of women take up most of her compositions, in which she captures various women's...
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