International Journal of English Linguistics

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ISSN / EISSN : 1923-869X / 1923-8703
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Turki Rabah Al Mukhallafi
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v12n1p12

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The current study aimed to construct a strategy based on information technology for teaching English (English Course 102), and assess its impact on developing creative writing skills and academic self-efficacy for university students. A test of creative writing skills (fluency, flexibility, and originality) was also prepared, including (9) graded open-ended essay questions in creative writing skills, also the preparation of the academic self-efficacy scale, including (25) items in the following dimensions: the student’s self-motivation to learn; the student’s confidence in the ability to achieve; perseverance and continuity in learning; self-regulation of learning and recall habits. The study based on the experimental method, involving two groups, the experimental and the control group (pre-post). The study sample consisted of (64) second-year university students studying the course (English 102), which aims to develop language proficiency in academic writing skills. The sample was divided into two groups: experimental (32) and control (32). Results indicated that: There are statistically significant differences at level (α ≤ 0.01) between the mean scores of the students from the experimental and control groups in the post application for testing creative writing skills and each skill separately in favor of the experimental group, there are statistically significant differences between the mean scores of the experimental group students in the pre and post applications for testing creative writing skills and each skill separately and also of the academic self-efficacy scale and each dimension separately in favor of the experimental group , there are statistically significant differences between the mean scores of the students from the experimental and control groups in the post application of the academic self-efficacy scale and each dimension separately in favor of the experimental group, and there is a positive correlation between scores of the experimental group in favor of the post application of the creative writing test and their scores on the academic self-efficacy scale.
Eleonora Fois
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v12n1p1

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This contribution explores the translation of anthropomorphic metaphors via a contrastive analysis of La madre, by the Sardinian Nobel Laureate in Literature Grazia Deledda, and its 1922 translation (The Mother) by Mary Steegman. It will be argued that the target readers’ perception of the symbolic relationship between landscape and cultural identity, which Deledda presents metaphorically through the use of anthropomorphism, can be reshaped by the translator’s interpretation. To explore the patterns that reveal the translator’s approach to anthropomorphic metaphors, the study will be based on Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT), notably Prandi’s distinction and theory on metaphor translation (2019), and ecostylistics.
Jiafei Xia, Danhua Huang
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p130

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Diplomatic neologisms are the best medium to reflect a country’s policies, economics, and politics. This paper takes the translation of diplomatic neologisms in Fighting COVID-19: China in Action as the research object and explores the following questions: how to improve the readability and acceptability of the translation in target culture, how to achieve effective communication in diplomatic affairs, and the sustainable development of diplomatic relations. Currently, there are very limited studies on the translation of diplomatic neologisms at home and abroad, and most of them are restricted to the inherent characteristics of the words, ignoring their contextual factors to a large extent. By taking the context of the original text into consideration, this paper focuses on and analyses some representative examples selected from the white paper. It concludes that the mainstream ideology and patrons manipulate the English translation of Chinese diplomatic neologisms, and then puts forward relevant translation principles and translation strategies.
Liu Yan
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p140

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In terms of the relationship between city and literature, Harold Bloom in his works Literary Places points out city is the poetical dwelling and source of literature, while writers construct various images of city in the literature. By analyzing the relationship between city and literature, on one side, city is the matrix of literature. City provides writers with writing materials and opportunities to demonstrate the panorama of a city. On the other side, writer’s works cultivate a kind of culture in a city and make the city come the unique literary capital.
Daniele Franceschi
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p120

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This paper examines some cases of lexical adaptation and innovation in present-day English resulting from changed communicative needs brought about by the current coronavirus pandemic. The data analysed consists of 15 lexical items retrieved in the NOW Corpus, a web-based collection of newspapers and magazines freely accessible online. The study shows that certain already existing words and expressions tend to be used more frequently in coronavirus-related discourse than in other contexts prior to the current crisis; others appear to be undergoing a re-adaptation of their semantic range, while new ones seem to have emerged and to be making their way into dictionaries. At the same time, there are certain free-word combinations built “on the fly” whose stability is still uncertain.
Hua Guo
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p112

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One of the biggest challenges graduate-level research writing instructors face is how to motivate students in large and multidisciplinary classes effectively. This article explores the influence of a guided inductive and discovery-based genre approach on improving students’ knowledge of research writing. A questionnaire survey was conducted, and some of the students’ written assignments were analyzed. The survey results show that the students were generally satisfied with this approach and affirmed its effectiveness in increasing their knowledge of the textual organization, format and documentation, and language style in research writing. Examining the students’ written analysis of the move structure of abstracts indicates that this approach has enhanced the students’ ability to identify moves and facilitated their acquisition of more appropriate genre knowledge. Further examination of the students’ written reflections reveals a more in-depth understanding of their learning experience. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Jialiang Chen
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p98

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Globalization has transformed English from a foreign language into a lingua franca. The pragmatic paradigm and pragmatic features of English as a lingua franca (ELF), are different from those of native English, especially in the business context, defined as English as a business lingua franca (BELF), which has contributed to a series of studies on pragmatic competence, pragmatic strategies and pragmatic awareness in the (B)ELF context. Relevant studies offer insights into the pragmatic competence of BELF users, which is crucial in the accomplishment of communicative goals in business settings. This paper first reviews relevant theoretical studies on (B)ELF and evaluates their characteristics from the perspective of pragmatics. Then, the focus is placed upon the diversified features of interpersonal pragmatic competence and intercultural pragmatic competence in the BELF context, revealing that the traditional paradigm of pragmatic competence based on native English does not apply to this diversified intercultural context. This paper argues for a re-conceptualization of pragmatic competence in the BELF context and a re-examination of the institutional features of BELF interactions and the dynamics of pragmatic competence, pragmatic strategies, and pragmatic awareness in this context.
Khaled Aldossary
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p90

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This study aimed to investigate the attitudes of female Saudi English as a foreign language (EFL) learners towards the current practices and the challenges of teacher feedback. Utilizing a quantitative approach, 87 female Saudi EFL students completed a questionnaire about their experience with teacher feedback and the problems they encountered with this during the semester. The study aimed to explore two main aspects, including the students’ attitudes towards the current practices of teacher feedback and the challenges encountered, and the students’ suggestions for improving teacher feedback practices. The study outcomes revealed that the students receive direct and positive feedback. Additionally, the students perceived the teachers’ feedback to be useful and of good quality. The findings also indicated that students expect and prefer detailed feedback on their written tasks. However, the participants reported some concerns regarding the punctuality of teacher feedback and provided suggestions to improve such practices. The study also presents the limitations and recommendations for future research.
Jwahir Alzamil
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p84

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Oral and written feedback have been found to be useful in learning English as a Second Language (L2). Yet it is not clear what form of feedback L2 learners prefer. This study therefore investigated 47 Saudi female university students’ attitudes to both oral and written feedback. The data was collected by an online questionnaire consisting of three constructs: a) attitudes to written feedback; b) attitudes to oral feedback; and c) attitudes to written versus oral feedback. In terms of the first, the results showed that most participants expressed positive attitudes to written feedback, which they would be happy to receive on all the mistakes they make in their writing. Most participants were also positive about oral feedback and wanted their teacher to correct all their speaking errors, including errors of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. However, participants did not want to be corrected in front of other students as this could make them nervous. Overall, most participants agreed that oral feedback helped them improve their English skills more than written feedback. But despite such a positive attitude, most participants still found oral feedback embarrassing. Knowing students’ perceptions of corrective feedback (CF) is vital, because negative attitudes to feedback could harm the language learning process.
Faisal Al-Mohanna
International Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 11; https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v11n6p49

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The word stress system in San’ani Arabic exhibits patterns of stress placement that associate some level of prominence with syllables with long vowels and syllables that end in the left-leg of a geminate. The fact that such syllables always succeed in attracting stress away from other non-final CVC syllables, even beyond the final trisyllabic window, clearly indicates the role that underlying moraicity plays in the stress algorithm. The proposed account, offered in this paper for the word stress system in San’ani, is couched in Harmonic Serialism, as a serial version of Optimality Theory. Key to the analyses presented is the assumption of gradual prosodification. The distinction drawn between faithful and unfaithful prosodic operations allows for applying some in a parallel fashion, but confines others to serialism. Central to the analysis, as well, is the exceptional case of final stress, which is mainly attributed to the intrinsic prominence of syllables with underlying bimoraic sequences.
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