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Rivista
eISSN
2286-0428
ISSN
1584-3734
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21 Feb 2013
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Volume 11 (2014): Edizione 1 (March 2014)

Dettagli della rivista
Formato
Rivista
eISSN
2286-0428
ISSN
1584-3734
Pubblicato per la prima volta
21 Feb 2013
Periodo di pubblicazione
1 volta all'anno
Lingue
Inglese

Cerca

33 Articoli
Accesso libero

Doubling The Past Hypothesis: Observations On Two Nonstandard Third Conditionals

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 1 - 8

Astratto

Abstract

The paper briefly looks at two nonstandard conditional constructions, if [Su] had have [pp] and if [Su] would have [pp], which present anomalous components. Various works mentioning them have been analysed, leading to the conclusion that the forms have not been treated seriously or exhaustively. Following a small study which tries to establish their spread in the language, the paper concludes that some questions remain unanswered, such as whether the constructions can be characterised according to their geographical spread, their exact vernacular status, and to what extent they may coexist alongside the standard form in a person’s idiolect.

Parole chiave

  • conditional constructions
  • corpus studies
  • counterfactuals
  • nonstandard
  • plupluperfect
Accesso libero

The Dynamics Of English Terminological Compound Lexemes And Their Serbian Equivalents

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 9 - 20

Astratto

Abstract

This paper discusses the conceptual dynamicity of English compound lexemes and their Serbian equivalents as reflected in compound lexemes in traffic engineering. The morphological structure and semantics of compound lexemes are considered, as well as strategies for translating English metaphorical compound lexemes into Serbian. The analysis reveals that Serbian cannot cope with the dynamic nature of traffic engineering terminology in English, and that Anglicisms, synonyms of different polysemous terms and vague conceptual determinations are characteristic of Serbian terminological equivalents

Parole chiave

  • English metaphorical compound lexemes
  • Serbian equivalents
  • traffic engineering
  • translation patterns and strategies
Accesso libero

Fiscal Cliff and other Topographical Metaphors

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 21 - 28

Astratto

Abstract

Within the broad theoretical framework of the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor, in this paper we explore the figurativeness of a number of expressions (fiscal cliff, fiscal gorge, fiscal slope, etc.) pertaining to the most recent U.S. fiscal situation. We analyse the context-dependent use of the metaphorical linguistic expressions gathered via an Internet search and discuss to what extent they are motivated, that is, well-grounded.

Parole chiave

  • cognitive linguistics
  • fiscal cliff
  • topographical metaphors
Accesso libero

Derivational Versus Phrasal Adverbials of Manner

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 29 - 35

Astratto

Abstract

This paper compares the usage of derivational and phrasal adverbial expressions of manner in English and Romanian. It also points to possible translational and learning problems due to selection peculiarities in the two languages. Both English as well as some of the Romance languages (among others French, Italian, Spanish), use both simple adverbs of manner (e.g. well) and derivational adverbs formed by adding a suffix to an adjective (e.g. poorly vs -mente adverbs in Romance).

Parole chiave

  • manner adverbs
  • phrasal adverbials of manner
  • derivational adverbials of manner
Accesso libero

The Metatextual Role of Introductions to Ba Papers

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 36 - 47

Astratto

Abstract

This article builds on a comparative analysis based on a corpus of literature and linguistics BA papers submitted by students majoring in English and Romanian, at the University of Timișoara. The authors highlight the metatextual function of introductions, focusing on identifying, classifying, and commenting upon deictic and non-deictic linguistic elements through which this function is fulfilled, in an attempt to see how consistently they are used by the student writers and to raise awareness of their use and usefulness.

Parole chiave

  • deictic linguistic elements
  • non-deictic linguistic elements
  • introductions
  • metatextual function
Accesso libero

Postposing and Information Structure in English and Farsi/Persian

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 48 - 55

Astratto

Abstract

The term postposing denotes any construction in which a phrasal constituent appears to the right of its canonical position, leaving its initial position either empty or occupied by an expletive. Ward and Birner (2004) argue that postposed constructions preserve the old-before-new information structure paradigm in English. The present paper investigates postposed constituents in Persian to find out the information structure paradigm of such constructions. The data have been taken from 34 interviews. The findings show that various constituents might undergo postposing in spoken Farsi (known as Tehrani dialect), and, in contrast to English, NPs were found to be triggered in postposed position when the referent was hearer-old.

Parole chiave

  • discourse-new
  • discourse-old
  • hearer-new
  • hearer-old
  • information structure
  • preposing
  • postposing
Accesso libero

Translating the other: Marlow’S Discourse between Imperial Rhetoric and Primary Orality

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 56 - 64

Astratto

Abstract

The present paper attempts to see what determines Marlow’s difficulty to turn his Congolese experience into language. Therefore, I argue that Marlow’s storytelling collapses because at the core of his discourse there is the unknown semantic universe of the other. In the “heart of darkness”, on the banks of the Congo River, there stands an unknown language, the language of the natives which is known only by Kurtz. Thus it becomes impossible for Marlow to translate it and incorporate it in his story.

Parole chiave

  • discourse of alterity
  • primary orality
  • rhetoric of Empire
Accesso libero

The Geography of Self-Representation: Orientalism in Ernest Hemingway’S the Sun also Rises

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 65 - 70

Astratto

Abstract

This paper will deal with the problematics of cultural self-representation in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I shall approach this theme by applying concepts from Edward Said’s Orientalism and Jean Baudrillard’s America to Hemingway’s novel and discussing the limitations of such theories which - it will be argued - oversimplify the issue by reducing it to an opposition between ‘Self’ and ‘Otherness’.

Parole chiave

  • America
  • cultural representation
  • Hemingway
  • Otherness
  • Orientalism
Accesso libero

Nadine Gordimer: Familiar Tales From South Africa

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 71 - 77

Astratto

Abstract

The paper analyses the new perspectives in Nadine Gordimer’s writings, focusing on her post-Apartheid works. The concepts of home, relocation, cultural diversity, violence and the issue of the Other are examined, as they represent the key factors in defining and understanding South Africa and its multicultural and multiracial communities.

Parole chiave

  • multiculturalism
  • otherness
  • relocation
  • South Africa
  • violence
Accesso libero

The Problem of Kingship in Shakespeare’S History Plays

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 78 - 85

Astratto

Abstract

Elizabethan England was a state of repression and Shakespeare could not write his plays freely and he could not oppose Elizabeth and her government openly. So he had to use allegory and every one of his plays is an act of rebellion. This paper deals with Shakespeare’s history plays which are symbols of resistance to the rule of force and war politics, and that message is implicit in the way of presenting kings.

Parole chiave

  • history plays
  • kings
  • politics
  • power
  • Shakespeare
Accesso libero

Desire for the other and the Iterable Identity in the Social Context: A Postmodern Reading of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 86 - 97

Astratto

Abstract

In postmodern outlook, the boundary between the different divisions made inside the mind is blurred. It is the Other of one’s self that indirectly defines the identity of a character or makes it abject. The purpose of this study is to recognize the adjustment identity of Blanche in “The Streetcar Named Desire” in diverse social contexts. The identity of Blanche is under surveillance through some key elements in the postmodern bedrock. The chains of signifiers that are produced by the considered character distinguish the mayhem of the mind that is trying to find a new identity in the altered social context. The study aims to unravel the desire for the Other or the hidden alter that is trying to adapt itself to the new environment while the character is unraveled as abject for the others in the special context. The dangling state of Blanche’s mind is exposed through multiple features of the concepts to embody the blurring border between the Other and the self.

Parole chiave

  • abject
  • alterity
  • difference
  • identity
  • the Other
Accesso libero

Revisiting Noah’S Ark in Julian Barnes’ A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 98 - 102

Astratto

Abstract

Considering that intertextuality is the text’s property of being connected to other previous texts, Julian Barnes’ novel, “A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters”, rewrites the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Besides the narration accounted in the Bible, new elements are encountered here: e.g. the Ark wasn’t a simple vessel, but a small fleet; Noah butchered the animals from the Ark, animals selected initially to be saved from the Deluge; the woodworms, creatures that symbolize decay, were also present on the Ark, etc. Then, new versions of the Biblical story, all having connections with Noah, the Ark and the Sea are present. Therefore, Julian Barnes fructifies Noah’s story, readjusting it to other spaces and historic times.

Parole chiave

  • fabulation
  • historical knowledge
  • historiographic metafiction
  • intertextual relations
  • Noah’s Ark
  • subjectivity
Accesso libero

Failed Mothers, Monster Sons. Reading Shakespeare’S Richard Iii as a Fairy Tale

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 103 - 111

Astratto

Abstract

The paper looks at Shakespeare’s historical play Richard III and its fairy tale-like character given by the configuration of the main character as an arch-villain and the presence of motifs and patterns typically associated with the fairy tale genre. More specifically, it considers the mother-son relationship between the Duchess of York and Richard in the light of the motif of monstrous birth. It is not a coincidence that the emergence of such motifs coincides with the historical contexts of the early modern period. Reading Richard III in this key is related to the revisionist approach to chronicle plays.

Parole chiave

  • arch-villain
  • fairy tale
  • monster birth
  • queenship
  • revisionist reading
Accesso libero

The Falklands War and the British Stage

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 112 - 119

Astratto

Abstract

The paper examines the way the Falklands War of 1982 was reflected in the creation of British playwrights. Officially, the war was seen as a heroic act, as another glorious page in the book of British history. But for many writers it contained nothing heroic; it was just noisy brandishing of weapons and useless loss of human lives.

Parole chiave

  • Britain
  • Argentina
  • Falklands
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Belgrano
  • British army
  • military life and mind
  • war drama
  • heroism
  • trauma
Accesso libero

A Mother’S Plight – Fear and Hope in Kamala Markandaya’S Nectar in a Sieve

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 120 - 125

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Abstract

This paper dwells upon Kamala Markandaya’s construction of motherhood in postindependence rural India as depicted in her 1955 novel, “Nectar in a Sieve”. Caught between changing times, between colonial and postcolonial paradigms, perennial traditions and shifting values, different world views and cultural systems, Markandaya’s main character finds solace and strength in her philosophy of hope and endurance

Parole chiave

  • humanism
  • politics of representation
  • social archetypes
  • strategies of containment
Accesso libero

When Power Seduces Women: Shakespeare’S Tragic (Mother) Queens in Manga

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 126 - 136

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Abstract

Power is seductive, and fantasies of power affect both men and women, who are sometimes willing to do anything in order to achieve or retain it. The paper looks at how such a modern transmediation as manga renders powerful femininity in two of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, namely Hamlet and Macbeth. The paper aims to discuss the ways in which the emotive behaviour of both female protagonists eventually makes them inappropriate for the power roles they assume as wives, queens and mothers.

Parole chiave

  • emotive behaviour
  • manga
  • mother(hood)
  • power
  • queen(ship)
  • Shakespeare
Accesso libero

"You Can't Get by Without the Dream": Belief in Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 137 - 143

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Abstract

This paper presents a less examined dimension of Barnes’s writings, which is the dominant role that belief plays in the development of his characters in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. The main argument of my essay is whether love can be considered as the most significant proposition of the novel. A content-based analysis of the novel’s “The Survivor” chapter demonstrates Barnes’ sceptic attitude towards postmodern rationalism, while the examination of "Parenthesis" and "Dream" chapter shows that hope, which becomes synonymous with belief in the novel, is actually the most permeating phenomenon in the novel.

Parole chiave

  • belief
  • narrative
  • spirituality
  • temptation
  • uncertainty
Accesso libero

What is a Short Story Besides Short? Questioning Minds in Search of Understanding Short Fiction

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 144 - 151

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Abstract

The paper seeks to identify the cluster of essential features for a working definition of the short story, in an attempt to establish short fiction as a fully independent literary genre. I further explore the fundamental mode of thinking and of imagination generated by reading short fiction.

Parole chiave

  • counterfactual thinking
  • hypothetical plots
  • short story
  • structural brevity
Accesso libero

The Thingness of the Thing: The Role of Everyday Objects in Becket Miracle Windows

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 152 - 157

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Abstract

In “The Waning of the Middle Ages”, J. Huizinga has pointed out that “all things would be absurd if their meaning would be exhausted by their function and their place in the phenomenal world, if by their essence they did not reach into a world beyond this.” (1924:201) Starting from this assumption, I purport to analyze the role/roles played by everyday/ordinary objects in the miracle stories depicted in the Trinity Chapel glazing and argue that their individuation/haecceity is subject to practices of ritualistic and artistic encodings

Parole chiave

  • ampulla
  • artefact
  • Canterbury water
  • ex-voto
  • relic
Accesso libero

Heterotopia on Screen- Blue Velvet (1986)

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 158 - 166

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Abstract

Based on a framework consisting of postmodern theories of heterotopias, spatial pastiche, schizophrenic temporality and postmodern speed, this paper seeks to identify cinematic features in the works of the American director David Lynch, which exemplify time and space in postmodernism. Michel Foucault's theory of space will trigger the whole problematic of the time-space relation. This is followed by a discussion of Fredric Jameson's concepts of spatial pastiche and schizophrenic temporality and of the involute interaction between the two

Parole chiave

  • heterotopia
  • postmodernism
  • space
  • time
Accesso libero

From West to East: Romeo Must Die but Shakespeare is the Sun

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 167 - 182

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Abstract

The paper presents a mini survey of the hallmark English language motion pictures which are explicitly based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The selection of the six films under investigation takes into account various criteria such as aspects of chronology, culture, impact or novelty of approach. The analysis is based on four categories: genre, auteurism (authorship), reception and verisimilitude.

Parole chiave

  • film theory
  • genre
  • auteurism (authorship)
  • reception theory
  • verisimilitude
Accesso libero

Pirates and Piracy in American Popular Culture

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 183 - 194

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Abstract

Piracy is both an ancient and a modern social ill. Yet in American popular culture pirates have emerged as dashing heroic figures and Robin Hoods of the Sea. Some examples of this transformation of the pirate image from criminal to popular hero are explored in British and American fiction, cinema and other forms of popular culture.

Parole chiave

  • Daphné du Maurier
  • pirate fiction
  • pirate films
  • pirate festival
  • Rafael Sabatini
  • Robert Lewis Stevenson
Accesso libero

Identification Through Technology in Contemporary Crime Narratives

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 195 - 202

Astratto

Abstract

I propose a somewhat new approach to examine the characteristic epistemological concerns that can be witnessed in Detective fiction. An approach that takes into account a constituent of the said model and was not dealt with in depth previously: the inevitable technological mediatedness between the Subjects taking part in the interpretative process that defines the subject

Parole chiave

  • Contemporary Epistemology
  • Detective Fiction
  • Subject Theory
  • Surveillance Technology
Accesso libero

Citizens’ Consultations – Public Spaces of Argument Evaluation? A View from Critical Discourse Analysis

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 203 - 214

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Abstract

The article applies a recently developed framework for the reconstruction and evaluation of arguments based on practical reasoning (Fairclough and Fairclough 2012) to the analysis of a public consultation session organised by the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2011, which made partial use of digital media. The session is concerned with the Environmental Impact Assessment report in a case of public notoriety in post-communist Romania: the goldmining project at Roșia Montană. The findings indicate that the critical questioning by the public is aimed at rebutting the corporation’s main claim and proposed course of action, but its final outcome is conditioned by the institutional context and the steps that follow the consultation session.

Parole chiave

  • argument evaluation
  • critical discourse analysis
  • practical reasoning
  • public consultation
  • Roșia Montană
Accesso libero

Circumventing Cultural Reification: A Study of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’S the Thing Around Your Neck

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 215 - 225

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Abstract

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie argues in her 2009 collection of short stories that in as much as brutal dictatorship together with extreme underdevelopment propel young Nigerians for immigration, inaccurate and often scandalizing media portrayal also has nonetheless an important share in the sad drama. Her drama proposes way of circumventing cultural reification caused by inaccurate media representation.

Parole chiave

  • cultural reification
  • dictatorship
  • immigration
  • underdevelopment
Accesso libero

Future Expressions for Learners of Basic English: An Analysis of English Textbooks for the 3Rd – 6Th Grades Used in Romania

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 226 - 236

Astratto

Abstract

The paper analyses the presence of future expressions (‘be going to’, ‘will’, ‘shall’, the Present tense progressive and Present tense simple with future uses) in the English textbooks for levels A1 and A2 recommended by the Romanian Ministry of Education for use in the primary and lower secondary classes in Romania.

Parole chiave

  • future expressions
  • English textbook
  • basic level
  • national syllabus
Accesso libero

The Concept of Genre in The English Language Class: Implications for the Students’ Intercultural Competence

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 237 - 243

Astratto

Abstract

In order to communicate effectively with people belonging to different social or ethnic groups, any language user is supposed to have not only a good command of the language code involved, but also what is generally known as “intercultural knowledge.” As a consequence, the development of the students' cultural competence is perceived today as a major aim of the foreign language education. Starting from this hypothesis, the paper discusses the manner in which the concept of genre can provide students with insights into cultural expectations of creating a text in both spoken and written English.

Parole chiave

  • genre
  • genre conventions
  • intercultural awareness
  • teaching productive skills
  • teaching receptive skills
Accesso libero

The Problem of Synforms in Serbian Efl Learners Revisited

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 244 - 254

Astratto

Abstract

This paper will explore the issue of similar lexical forms (Laufer 1991) as a potential problem in vocabulary acquisition of Serbian EFL learners. Building on previous research (Kocić 2008), we collected data from two groups of undergraduate students at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (lower- and upper-intermediate), and attempted to identify the factors that contribute to synform confusions.

Parole chiave

  • lexical confusions
  • L2 acquisition
  • synforms
  • vocabulary learning
Accesso libero

Why Do Students Plagiarize? Efl Undergraduates’ Views on the Reasons Behind Plagiarism

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 255 - 263

Astratto

Abstract

Cheating and plagiarism spread like pandemics in many educational contexts and are difficulty to detect, fight and also to understand. The purpose of this exploratory study is to investigate what first-year students of English at a large Hungarian university believe to be the main reasons for plagiarism. Twenty-five students were asked to express their views in a free opinion essay. Perceived reasons were categorized into twelve main groups based on the literature and the reasons for plagiarism provided by faculty members at the same university. The most often mentioned reasons included saving time and effort and unintentional plagiarism.

Parole chiave

  • plagiarism
  • academic dishonesty
  • cheating
  • undergraduates
  • EFL context
  • English studies
Accesso libero

Chinese and Saudi English Language Education Policies: A World System Perspective

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 264 - 271

Astratto

Abstract

The paper contends that the English Language Education Policies (ELEP) of a state depend largely on its movement in Wallerstein’s world system. To test the hypothesis, ELEPs of China and Saudi Arabia are compared and found to be similar due to the states’ parallel journey in the world system.

Parole chiave

  • China
  • English Language Education Policies
  • Saudi Arabia
  • World System
Accesso libero

Electronic Learning of Business English

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 272 - 278

Astratto

Abstract

This paper deals with one approach to organising electronic learning of a Business English language course. The paper will explain the basic structure of electronic learning, explore its principles and focus on the effects of this type of learning, trying to make English language teachers aware of the possibilities that this system has to offer to its users.

Parole chiave

  • business English
  • electronic learning
  • e-material
  • feedback information
  • teaching principles
Accesso libero

Words Used in The Classroom. A Contrastive Lexical Analysis of Two Instances of Oral Discourse

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 279 - 289

Astratto

Abstract

The paper looks at the oral exchanges between two teachers and their B2-C1 level students (Common European Framework of Reference) in a particular EFL classroom, from the perspective of the Cambridge examinations assessment standard for the category of “lexical resource”. Since teachers are the role models in terms of language production in the classroom, this research focused on revealing lexical features which characterise the classroom discourse of two teachers of English and the impact this exposure has on their students’ lexical production. This research is part of my doctoral research, which is a multifaceted analysis of authentic oral classroom exchanges in order to determine patterns and practices at the level of developing speaking skills in the EFL context.

Parole chiave

  • accuracy
  • idioms
  • lexical collocations
  • grammatical collocations
  • lexical resource
  • range
Accesso libero

Testing and Assessing English Word-Formation

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 290 - 297

Astratto

Abstract

The paper discusses the testing/assessment of word-formation skills in thresholdlevel (B1) learners. To determine the suitability and use of productive gap-fill exercises at this level, an example of a word-formation exercise is addressed from the following perspectives: word frequency (corpus data), morphological complexity (morpheme types and wordformation processes), syntactic environments (typical sentence and/or phrase patterns), analysis of statistical data (facility values) and test-takers’ errors. The text also addresses some implications of the findings for the instruction of lexis.

Parole chiave

  • assessment
  • CEFR
  • error analysis
  • testing
  • word-formation
33 Articoli
Accesso libero

Doubling The Past Hypothesis: Observations On Two Nonstandard Third Conditionals

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 1 - 8

Astratto

Abstract

The paper briefly looks at two nonstandard conditional constructions, if [Su] had have [pp] and if [Su] would have [pp], which present anomalous components. Various works mentioning them have been analysed, leading to the conclusion that the forms have not been treated seriously or exhaustively. Following a small study which tries to establish their spread in the language, the paper concludes that some questions remain unanswered, such as whether the constructions can be characterised according to their geographical spread, their exact vernacular status, and to what extent they may coexist alongside the standard form in a person’s idiolect.

Parole chiave

  • conditional constructions
  • corpus studies
  • counterfactuals
  • nonstandard
  • plupluperfect
Accesso libero

The Dynamics Of English Terminological Compound Lexemes And Their Serbian Equivalents

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 9 - 20

Astratto

Abstract

This paper discusses the conceptual dynamicity of English compound lexemes and their Serbian equivalents as reflected in compound lexemes in traffic engineering. The morphological structure and semantics of compound lexemes are considered, as well as strategies for translating English metaphorical compound lexemes into Serbian. The analysis reveals that Serbian cannot cope with the dynamic nature of traffic engineering terminology in English, and that Anglicisms, synonyms of different polysemous terms and vague conceptual determinations are characteristic of Serbian terminological equivalents

Parole chiave

  • English metaphorical compound lexemes
  • Serbian equivalents
  • traffic engineering
  • translation patterns and strategies
Accesso libero

Fiscal Cliff and other Topographical Metaphors

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 21 - 28

Astratto

Abstract

Within the broad theoretical framework of the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor, in this paper we explore the figurativeness of a number of expressions (fiscal cliff, fiscal gorge, fiscal slope, etc.) pertaining to the most recent U.S. fiscal situation. We analyse the context-dependent use of the metaphorical linguistic expressions gathered via an Internet search and discuss to what extent they are motivated, that is, well-grounded.

Parole chiave

  • cognitive linguistics
  • fiscal cliff
  • topographical metaphors
Accesso libero

Derivational Versus Phrasal Adverbials of Manner

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 29 - 35

Astratto

Abstract

This paper compares the usage of derivational and phrasal adverbial expressions of manner in English and Romanian. It also points to possible translational and learning problems due to selection peculiarities in the two languages. Both English as well as some of the Romance languages (among others French, Italian, Spanish), use both simple adverbs of manner (e.g. well) and derivational adverbs formed by adding a suffix to an adjective (e.g. poorly vs -mente adverbs in Romance).

Parole chiave

  • manner adverbs
  • phrasal adverbials of manner
  • derivational adverbials of manner
Accesso libero

The Metatextual Role of Introductions to Ba Papers

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 36 - 47

Astratto

Abstract

This article builds on a comparative analysis based on a corpus of literature and linguistics BA papers submitted by students majoring in English and Romanian, at the University of Timișoara. The authors highlight the metatextual function of introductions, focusing on identifying, classifying, and commenting upon deictic and non-deictic linguistic elements through which this function is fulfilled, in an attempt to see how consistently they are used by the student writers and to raise awareness of their use and usefulness.

Parole chiave

  • deictic linguistic elements
  • non-deictic linguistic elements
  • introductions
  • metatextual function
Accesso libero

Postposing and Information Structure in English and Farsi/Persian

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 48 - 55

Astratto

Abstract

The term postposing denotes any construction in which a phrasal constituent appears to the right of its canonical position, leaving its initial position either empty or occupied by an expletive. Ward and Birner (2004) argue that postposed constructions preserve the old-before-new information structure paradigm in English. The present paper investigates postposed constituents in Persian to find out the information structure paradigm of such constructions. The data have been taken from 34 interviews. The findings show that various constituents might undergo postposing in spoken Farsi (known as Tehrani dialect), and, in contrast to English, NPs were found to be triggered in postposed position when the referent was hearer-old.

Parole chiave

  • discourse-new
  • discourse-old
  • hearer-new
  • hearer-old
  • information structure
  • preposing
  • postposing
Accesso libero

Translating the other: Marlow’S Discourse between Imperial Rhetoric and Primary Orality

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 56 - 64

Astratto

Abstract

The present paper attempts to see what determines Marlow’s difficulty to turn his Congolese experience into language. Therefore, I argue that Marlow’s storytelling collapses because at the core of his discourse there is the unknown semantic universe of the other. In the “heart of darkness”, on the banks of the Congo River, there stands an unknown language, the language of the natives which is known only by Kurtz. Thus it becomes impossible for Marlow to translate it and incorporate it in his story.

Parole chiave

  • discourse of alterity
  • primary orality
  • rhetoric of Empire
Accesso libero

The Geography of Self-Representation: Orientalism in Ernest Hemingway’S the Sun also Rises

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 65 - 70

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This paper will deal with the problematics of cultural self-representation in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. I shall approach this theme by applying concepts from Edward Said’s Orientalism and Jean Baudrillard’s America to Hemingway’s novel and discussing the limitations of such theories which - it will be argued - oversimplify the issue by reducing it to an opposition between ‘Self’ and ‘Otherness’.

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  • America
  • cultural representation
  • Hemingway
  • Otherness
  • Orientalism
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Nadine Gordimer: Familiar Tales From South Africa

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 71 - 77

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The paper analyses the new perspectives in Nadine Gordimer’s writings, focusing on her post-Apartheid works. The concepts of home, relocation, cultural diversity, violence and the issue of the Other are examined, as they represent the key factors in defining and understanding South Africa and its multicultural and multiracial communities.

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  • multiculturalism
  • otherness
  • relocation
  • South Africa
  • violence
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The Problem of Kingship in Shakespeare’S History Plays

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 78 - 85

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Elizabethan England was a state of repression and Shakespeare could not write his plays freely and he could not oppose Elizabeth and her government openly. So he had to use allegory and every one of his plays is an act of rebellion. This paper deals with Shakespeare’s history plays which are symbols of resistance to the rule of force and war politics, and that message is implicit in the way of presenting kings.

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  • history plays
  • kings
  • politics
  • power
  • Shakespeare
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Desire for the other and the Iterable Identity in the Social Context: A Postmodern Reading of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 86 - 97

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In postmodern outlook, the boundary between the different divisions made inside the mind is blurred. It is the Other of one’s self that indirectly defines the identity of a character or makes it abject. The purpose of this study is to recognize the adjustment identity of Blanche in “The Streetcar Named Desire” in diverse social contexts. The identity of Blanche is under surveillance through some key elements in the postmodern bedrock. The chains of signifiers that are produced by the considered character distinguish the mayhem of the mind that is trying to find a new identity in the altered social context. The study aims to unravel the desire for the Other or the hidden alter that is trying to adapt itself to the new environment while the character is unraveled as abject for the others in the special context. The dangling state of Blanche’s mind is exposed through multiple features of the concepts to embody the blurring border between the Other and the self.

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  • abject
  • alterity
  • difference
  • identity
  • the Other
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Revisiting Noah’S Ark in Julian Barnes’ A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 98 - 102

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Considering that intertextuality is the text’s property of being connected to other previous texts, Julian Barnes’ novel, “A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters”, rewrites the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Besides the narration accounted in the Bible, new elements are encountered here: e.g. the Ark wasn’t a simple vessel, but a small fleet; Noah butchered the animals from the Ark, animals selected initially to be saved from the Deluge; the woodworms, creatures that symbolize decay, were also present on the Ark, etc. Then, new versions of the Biblical story, all having connections with Noah, the Ark and the Sea are present. Therefore, Julian Barnes fructifies Noah’s story, readjusting it to other spaces and historic times.

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  • fabulation
  • historical knowledge
  • historiographic metafiction
  • intertextual relations
  • Noah’s Ark
  • subjectivity
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Failed Mothers, Monster Sons. Reading Shakespeare’S Richard Iii as a Fairy Tale

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 103 - 111

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The paper looks at Shakespeare’s historical play Richard III and its fairy tale-like character given by the configuration of the main character as an arch-villain and the presence of motifs and patterns typically associated with the fairy tale genre. More specifically, it considers the mother-son relationship between the Duchess of York and Richard in the light of the motif of monstrous birth. It is not a coincidence that the emergence of such motifs coincides with the historical contexts of the early modern period. Reading Richard III in this key is related to the revisionist approach to chronicle plays.

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  • arch-villain
  • fairy tale
  • monster birth
  • queenship
  • revisionist reading
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The Falklands War and the British Stage

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 112 - 119

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The paper examines the way the Falklands War of 1982 was reflected in the creation of British playwrights. Officially, the war was seen as a heroic act, as another glorious page in the book of British history. But for many writers it contained nothing heroic; it was just noisy brandishing of weapons and useless loss of human lives.

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  • Britain
  • Argentina
  • Falklands
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Belgrano
  • British army
  • military life and mind
  • war drama
  • heroism
  • trauma
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A Mother’S Plight – Fear and Hope in Kamala Markandaya’S Nectar in a Sieve

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 120 - 125

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This paper dwells upon Kamala Markandaya’s construction of motherhood in postindependence rural India as depicted in her 1955 novel, “Nectar in a Sieve”. Caught between changing times, between colonial and postcolonial paradigms, perennial traditions and shifting values, different world views and cultural systems, Markandaya’s main character finds solace and strength in her philosophy of hope and endurance

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  • humanism
  • politics of representation
  • social archetypes
  • strategies of containment
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When Power Seduces Women: Shakespeare’S Tragic (Mother) Queens in Manga

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 126 - 136

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Power is seductive, and fantasies of power affect both men and women, who are sometimes willing to do anything in order to achieve or retain it. The paper looks at how such a modern transmediation as manga renders powerful femininity in two of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, namely Hamlet and Macbeth. The paper aims to discuss the ways in which the emotive behaviour of both female protagonists eventually makes them inappropriate for the power roles they assume as wives, queens and mothers.

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  • emotive behaviour
  • manga
  • mother(hood)
  • power
  • queen(ship)
  • Shakespeare
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"You Can't Get by Without the Dream": Belief in Julian Barnes's A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 137 - 143

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This paper presents a less examined dimension of Barnes’s writings, which is the dominant role that belief plays in the development of his characters in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. The main argument of my essay is whether love can be considered as the most significant proposition of the novel. A content-based analysis of the novel’s “The Survivor” chapter demonstrates Barnes’ sceptic attitude towards postmodern rationalism, while the examination of "Parenthesis" and "Dream" chapter shows that hope, which becomes synonymous with belief in the novel, is actually the most permeating phenomenon in the novel.

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  • belief
  • narrative
  • spirituality
  • temptation
  • uncertainty
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What is a Short Story Besides Short? Questioning Minds in Search of Understanding Short Fiction

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 144 - 151

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The paper seeks to identify the cluster of essential features for a working definition of the short story, in an attempt to establish short fiction as a fully independent literary genre. I further explore the fundamental mode of thinking and of imagination generated by reading short fiction.

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  • counterfactual thinking
  • hypothetical plots
  • short story
  • structural brevity
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The Thingness of the Thing: The Role of Everyday Objects in Becket Miracle Windows

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 152 - 157

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In “The Waning of the Middle Ages”, J. Huizinga has pointed out that “all things would be absurd if their meaning would be exhausted by their function and their place in the phenomenal world, if by their essence they did not reach into a world beyond this.” (1924:201) Starting from this assumption, I purport to analyze the role/roles played by everyday/ordinary objects in the miracle stories depicted in the Trinity Chapel glazing and argue that their individuation/haecceity is subject to practices of ritualistic and artistic encodings

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  • ampulla
  • artefact
  • Canterbury water
  • ex-voto
  • relic
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Heterotopia on Screen- Blue Velvet (1986)

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 158 - 166

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Based on a framework consisting of postmodern theories of heterotopias, spatial pastiche, schizophrenic temporality and postmodern speed, this paper seeks to identify cinematic features in the works of the American director David Lynch, which exemplify time and space in postmodernism. Michel Foucault's theory of space will trigger the whole problematic of the time-space relation. This is followed by a discussion of Fredric Jameson's concepts of spatial pastiche and schizophrenic temporality and of the involute interaction between the two

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  • heterotopia
  • postmodernism
  • space
  • time
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From West to East: Romeo Must Die but Shakespeare is the Sun

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 167 - 182

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The paper presents a mini survey of the hallmark English language motion pictures which are explicitly based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The selection of the six films under investigation takes into account various criteria such as aspects of chronology, culture, impact or novelty of approach. The analysis is based on four categories: genre, auteurism (authorship), reception and verisimilitude.

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  • film theory
  • genre
  • auteurism (authorship)
  • reception theory
  • verisimilitude
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Pirates and Piracy in American Popular Culture

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 183 - 194

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Piracy is both an ancient and a modern social ill. Yet in American popular culture pirates have emerged as dashing heroic figures and Robin Hoods of the Sea. Some examples of this transformation of the pirate image from criminal to popular hero are explored in British and American fiction, cinema and other forms of popular culture.

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  • Daphné du Maurier
  • pirate fiction
  • pirate films
  • pirate festival
  • Rafael Sabatini
  • Robert Lewis Stevenson
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Identification Through Technology in Contemporary Crime Narratives

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 195 - 202

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I propose a somewhat new approach to examine the characteristic epistemological concerns that can be witnessed in Detective fiction. An approach that takes into account a constituent of the said model and was not dealt with in depth previously: the inevitable technological mediatedness between the Subjects taking part in the interpretative process that defines the subject

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  • Contemporary Epistemology
  • Detective Fiction
  • Subject Theory
  • Surveillance Technology
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Citizens’ Consultations – Public Spaces of Argument Evaluation? A View from Critical Discourse Analysis

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 203 - 214

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The article applies a recently developed framework for the reconstruction and evaluation of arguments based on practical reasoning (Fairclough and Fairclough 2012) to the analysis of a public consultation session organised by the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2011, which made partial use of digital media. The session is concerned with the Environmental Impact Assessment report in a case of public notoriety in post-communist Romania: the goldmining project at Roșia Montană. The findings indicate that the critical questioning by the public is aimed at rebutting the corporation’s main claim and proposed course of action, but its final outcome is conditioned by the institutional context and the steps that follow the consultation session.

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  • argument evaluation
  • critical discourse analysis
  • practical reasoning
  • public consultation
  • Roșia Montană
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Circumventing Cultural Reification: A Study of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’S the Thing Around Your Neck

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 215 - 225

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie argues in her 2009 collection of short stories that in as much as brutal dictatorship together with extreme underdevelopment propel young Nigerians for immigration, inaccurate and often scandalizing media portrayal also has nonetheless an important share in the sad drama. Her drama proposes way of circumventing cultural reification caused by inaccurate media representation.

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  • cultural reification
  • dictatorship
  • immigration
  • underdevelopment
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Future Expressions for Learners of Basic English: An Analysis of English Textbooks for the 3Rd – 6Th Grades Used in Romania

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 226 - 236

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The paper analyses the presence of future expressions (‘be going to’, ‘will’, ‘shall’, the Present tense progressive and Present tense simple with future uses) in the English textbooks for levels A1 and A2 recommended by the Romanian Ministry of Education for use in the primary and lower secondary classes in Romania.

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  • future expressions
  • English textbook
  • basic level
  • national syllabus
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The Concept of Genre in The English Language Class: Implications for the Students’ Intercultural Competence

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 237 - 243

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In order to communicate effectively with people belonging to different social or ethnic groups, any language user is supposed to have not only a good command of the language code involved, but also what is generally known as “intercultural knowledge.” As a consequence, the development of the students' cultural competence is perceived today as a major aim of the foreign language education. Starting from this hypothesis, the paper discusses the manner in which the concept of genre can provide students with insights into cultural expectations of creating a text in both spoken and written English.

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  • genre
  • genre conventions
  • intercultural awareness
  • teaching productive skills
  • teaching receptive skills
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The Problem of Synforms in Serbian Efl Learners Revisited

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 244 - 254

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This paper will explore the issue of similar lexical forms (Laufer 1991) as a potential problem in vocabulary acquisition of Serbian EFL learners. Building on previous research (Kocić 2008), we collected data from two groups of undergraduate students at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (lower- and upper-intermediate), and attempted to identify the factors that contribute to synform confusions.

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  • lexical confusions
  • L2 acquisition
  • synforms
  • vocabulary learning
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Why Do Students Plagiarize? Efl Undergraduates’ Views on the Reasons Behind Plagiarism

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 255 - 263

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Cheating and plagiarism spread like pandemics in many educational contexts and are difficulty to detect, fight and also to understand. The purpose of this exploratory study is to investigate what first-year students of English at a large Hungarian university believe to be the main reasons for plagiarism. Twenty-five students were asked to express their views in a free opinion essay. Perceived reasons were categorized into twelve main groups based on the literature and the reasons for plagiarism provided by faculty members at the same university. The most often mentioned reasons included saving time and effort and unintentional plagiarism.

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  • plagiarism
  • academic dishonesty
  • cheating
  • undergraduates
  • EFL context
  • English studies
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Chinese and Saudi English Language Education Policies: A World System Perspective

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 264 - 271

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The paper contends that the English Language Education Policies (ELEP) of a state depend largely on its movement in Wallerstein’s world system. To test the hypothesis, ELEPs of China and Saudi Arabia are compared and found to be similar due to the states’ parallel journey in the world system.

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  • China
  • English Language Education Policies
  • Saudi Arabia
  • World System
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Electronic Learning of Business English

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 272 - 278

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This paper deals with one approach to organising electronic learning of a Business English language course. The paper will explain the basic structure of electronic learning, explore its principles and focus on the effects of this type of learning, trying to make English language teachers aware of the possibilities that this system has to offer to its users.

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  • business English
  • electronic learning
  • e-material
  • feedback information
  • teaching principles
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Words Used in The Classroom. A Contrastive Lexical Analysis of Two Instances of Oral Discourse

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 279 - 289

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The paper looks at the oral exchanges between two teachers and their B2-C1 level students (Common European Framework of Reference) in a particular EFL classroom, from the perspective of the Cambridge examinations assessment standard for the category of “lexical resource”. Since teachers are the role models in terms of language production in the classroom, this research focused on revealing lexical features which characterise the classroom discourse of two teachers of English and the impact this exposure has on their students’ lexical production. This research is part of my doctoral research, which is a multifaceted analysis of authentic oral classroom exchanges in order to determine patterns and practices at the level of developing speaking skills in the EFL context.

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  • accuracy
  • idioms
  • lexical collocations
  • grammatical collocations
  • lexical resource
  • range
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Testing and Assessing English Word-Formation

Pubblicato online: 01 May 2014
Pagine: 290 - 297

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The paper discusses the testing/assessment of word-formation skills in thresholdlevel (B1) learners. To determine the suitability and use of productive gap-fill exercises at this level, an example of a word-formation exercise is addressed from the following perspectives: word frequency (corpus data), morphological complexity (morpheme types and wordformation processes), syntactic environments (typical sentence and/or phrase patterns), analysis of statistical data (facility values) and test-takers’ errors. The text also addresses some implications of the findings for the instruction of lexis.

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  • assessment
  • CEFR
  • error analysis
  • testing
  • word-formation

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