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Nov 26, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Students’ Use of Summary in a Writing about Writing Class

Thomas Girshin
This study explores whether or not a Writing about Writing (WAW) course de-sign has a positive bearing on students’ use of summary in their researched ar-guments. It hypothesizes that students will draw more on summary in their re-searched arguments, since students in WAW actively interpret a shared group of texts through the lens of the discourse community and thus have a higher level of comprehe

Oct 29, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Functions of Gichuka Discourse Markers in Gichuka Speech

Elsie Njeri Kirimo, Humphrey Kirimi Ireri
Discourse markers are linguistic items that are frequently used in the course of daily communication. These are not only connecting words that contribute to cohesion of discourse but are also crucial tools for achieving intended commu-nicative purposes in the course of discourse. Studies have been carried out on discourse markers as used in other languages of the world but since every lin-guistic variety is unique and culture depe

Sep 11, 2018Open    AccessArticle

A Contrastive Study of English and Chinese Empty Categories

Jing Yang
This thesis makes a comparative study of English and Chinese empty categories on the basis of Government theory, Binding theory and Control theory. The thesis aims at probing into the overall properties of ECs of the two languages as well as digging out the syntactic and semantic representations in English and Chinese ECs. It also has some reference value for second language acquisition.

Aug 31, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Negative Politeness and Interpersonal Harmony—The Analysis of Request-Response in Family Discourse

Qi Wu
This study aims to analyze negative politeness and interpersonal harmony in family discourse in verbal interactions between “son and mother”. Therefore, a pair of conversations which have the contrary effects (one is a failure and the other is a success) was analyzed. Based upon Spencer-Oatey’s Rapport Management Theory, the son’s request and his mother’s response were put into specific discussion. The results reveal that: 1) nega

Aug 31, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Research on Kohlberg’s Theory and Practice in China

Qian Zhang
Since 1980s Kohlberg’s theory of moral cognitive development has great influences on Chinese moral education. The Chinese scholars introduced Kohlberg’s theory into Chinaand made some theoretical comments first and then made some empirical research in Chinese schools and universities. More and more empirical and cross-cultural research results jointly made by both Chinese and Western scholars have been published since the beginnin

Aug 23, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Language Use and Management in Mining Companies in the DRC

Mambo Kalume, Katsuva Ngoloma, Mulamba Nshindi, Phillipe Hambye, Kyungu Kibamba, Mukunda Mutombo
This paper aims at highlighting how English is gaining momentum on tiptoe in the Democratic Republic of Congo through mining companies as its gateways, although the country traditionally belongs to Kachru’s Expanding Circle, and to which extent these mining companies, which to a large extent are branches of multinational companies, cope with language use and management within multilingual workplaces.

Aug 09, 2018Open    AccessArticle

The Leap of Mind of Linguistic Humans over Animals

Zi-Jian Cai
Recently, it was suggested by Cai a new semantic/syntactic/episodic model of language, encompassing the sentential meanings to the neural linguistic components, and making it possible to install the whole linguistic functions into robots through the three semantic/syntactic/episodic components. In this article, it is considered some improvements of language brought to the brain and mind of humans over animals, and accordingly some

Aug 08, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Testing the Menzerath-Altmann Law in the Sentence Level of Written Chinese

Heng Chen
Language unit is a fundamental conception in modern linguistics, but the boundaries are not clear between language levels. As language is a multi-level system, quantification rather than microscopic grammatical analysis should be used to investigate into this question. In this paper, Menzerath-Altmann law is used to make out the basic language units in written Chinese in the sentence level.

Jun 14, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Comparison of Word Length Distributions in Spoken and Written Chinese

Heng Chen
In this study we apply Zipf-Alecseev’s function to word length distributions of Chinese prose and dialogue texts. Since there are two potential measurement units of Chinese word length, we applied Zipf-Alecseev’s function to both of them. The results show that all the word length distributions fit Zipf-Alecseev’s function, no matter the word length is measured in characters or components. The parameters

May 31, 2018Open    AccessArticle

Language Management in “International” Pentecostal Churches in Cameroon

Jean-Paul Kouega
This paper considers Pentecostal churches whose names include such globalising terms as “all nations”, “global”, “international”, “universal” and “world”, with a view to uncovering the nature of their language management, as it has not been made explicit in any document. The data come from some 35 churches located in various residential areas of the city of Yaounde. In each church, five members were contacted