Studies in Literature and Language

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 3, 2013

A Contrastive Study of Political Speeches in Presidential Election of Interpersonal Meaning
AbstractThis thesis attempts to use the interpersonal function in SFL as a tool to analyze the interpersonal meaning in the election speeches given by Obama and McCain. From the aspect of mood, modality, and personal pronoun, it tries to explore the...
An Arab EFL Context: Does Variance in Anxiety and Motivation across Gender Impact Language Attainment?
AbstractThis study proposes to investigate whether mixed classes are a de-motivating influence and increase anxiety levels and causes variance in performance between males and females. The researchers' observation and documentary evidence suggest that...
An Interpretation of Emily Bronte's Gothic Complex in Wuthering Heights
AbstractThis thesis, adopting gothic criticism, attempts to analyze Emily Bronte's gothic complex in Wuthering Heights since it is the unique novel Emily has created and it is the mature embodiment of Emily Bronte's literary thoughts. This thesis tries...
Body, Love and Maternity in Sylvia Plath and Forough Farrokhzad: A Study Based on Helen Cixous's Ecriture Feminine
AbstractSylvia Plath and Forough Farrokhzad share same themes and concerns in their poetry and same points in their lives. Living in the tumult of post-war era, they are the advocates of Ecriture Feminine proposed by Helen Cixous in" The Laugh of Medusa"...
Comparative Study between Chinese and Western Culture in Kung Fu Panda 2
AbstractKung Fu Panda 2 is a typical cinematographic works of the perfect integration of Sino-western culture. Through interpreted and understood Chinese traditional culture, this film is intertwined with western cultural elements, which convey the core...
Discuss the Theoretical Basis of Task Based Language Teaching Highlighting Its Connection with Communicative Language Teaching
AbstractThe aim of this essay is to use the TBL teaching approach to teach speaking skills to Asian intermediate level students to improve their fluency and accuracy and to assess how the task could succeed. In this essay, three main parts will be introduced:...
Humor in Slogans: Van Helsing Effect in Second Language Learning
AbstractThe present paper further extends the studies of Eisend (2009), Takahashi and Inoue (2009), and Kohn, et al. (2011), and applies Krishnan & Chakravarti's (2003) experiment design to examine: 1) whether humor in slogans enhances L2 learners'...
Internal Structure of Anaang Compounds
abstractThe concept of compound is an interesting phenomenon in morphology. Compounds provide motivation for assigning internal structure to words. This is achieved through a process known as compounding. Compounding deals with word structure rules rather...
Linguistic Dimensions of Initialisms Used in Electronic Communication
AbstractThe language of electronic communication is a new variety of language. Electronic communication leads to remarkable variations in written form of English language because it has its own lexicons, grammar, graphology, and usage conditions. Hence,...
Literariness of a Text, as a Game
AbstractThe nature of the literariness of a text and its influence on the writer and reader, is a question that has engaged the human mind for a long time. This article is going to answer this question with the special perspective and tries to provide...
Saying X: The Pragmatics of a Nigerian Context
AbstractThe study investigates the pragmatic motivations of linguistic choices contained in selected mobile-phone text messages written by Nigerians. As an effort towards crosscultural pragmatics, the study examines "Nigerianisms" in the use of English....
Searching for Self-Identity: A Postcolonial Study of J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace
AbstractNobel laureate, South African writer, J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace is endowed with far reaching meanings. From the postcolonial perspective, the novel illustrates the endeavor of both colonizers and the colonized for harmony in the post apartheid...
Soyinka's Language Engineering in the Jero Plays and the Beatification of Area Boy
AbstractWole Soyinka engineers language to reflect his bilinguality and biculturalism, and to define his style. The paper attempts to debunk some misconceptions about Soyinka's language which portray him as a Eurocentric scholar who often uses obscure...
The Influence of Krashen's Input Hypothesis on Teaching College English Listening in China
AbstractListening is the main task in college English language teaching. Listening comprehension of English is also a big obstacle for English majors. Most college students consider listening comprehension to be the most difficult aspect and the weakest...
"The Single Thin Ray That Fell upon the Vulture Eye": Systemic Grammar and Its Use in Edgar A. Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"
AbstractThis paper argues that Edgar Allan Poe applies many linguistic techniques in his short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" in order to express the dilemma of a character caught up in the trap of a confused identity, lost subjectivity, and uncontrolled...
The Tragic Hero of the Modern Period: The European Concept
AbstractThere is a hiatus between the Neo-classical and the modern period in the sense that, there was a dearth of tragedy in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries when comedy became the major dramatic form.The 20th century was a time of immense anxiety...
Translation Strategies under Intercultural Context
AbstractDifferent cultural heritages and semiotic systems lead to differences in speech act and pragmatic uses of language among people with different cultural backgrounds, hence intercultural communication takes place. Cultural dimension of translation...
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