International Journal of Linguistics Studies

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International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 24-31; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.2.4

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The study mainly investigates multimodal food discourse, such as socially constructed food videos rich in modes. It took Li Ziqi's "Life Series" food video as an example for analysis, aiming to find out three semiotic resources, namely "culinary persona", "culinary ingredients", and "culinary environment". The research methods are: First, it combined the visual narrative at the level of experiential meaning in Painter et al. (2013) with the auditory one. Second, it slightly adjusted the narrative structure of Labov (1972) to suit the analysis of the narrative structure of food discourse. Next, combined with the given case, this article analyzed the experiential meaning of food discourse from the situational context of the case. Finally, it generalized several cultural keywords based on the case study and discussed their cultural insights. Research has found that the culinary persona, ingredients, and the environment interact with each other, and the cultural connotation behind them is a manifestation of the way of food.
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 15-23; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.2.3

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The present study proposes the integration of mobile fiction Apps (MFAs) in reading instruction to help EFL college students understand the form and content of literary works. It will give examples of fiction Apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play and iPhone App Stores, give the advantages of using MFAs, literary appreciation skills that can be developed with MFAs and instructional stages with MFAs. MFAs can be used as extension activities or as a supplement to in-class reading instruction in ESL/EFL. They are free, easy, and quick to download, update and delete, can be used anywhere, anytime and as many times as the students need. Instruction with smart mobile phones begins with downloading an MFA such as Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, Sherlock Holmes, Wuthering Heights, a novel by Agatha Christi or a collection of stories. Both simplified and original versions can be used depending on the student’s proficiency level, story/novel length and difficulty level. A story/novel video, app or e-book can be used online or offline. Some MFAs provide notes and tests. The instructor can ask pre-questions that require the students to identify the plot, setting, characters, main theme, point of view, symbolism, style, and tone of the narrative, and infer the meanings of figurative language and imagery in the story. Questions and students’ answers, summaries, comments on each other's' responses can be posted in an online discussion forum, blog or social media page. The students can discuss the elements of a literary work under the instructor's supervision. The integration of fiction Apps showed improved reading comprehension, literary appreciation and text analysis skills among participating students and increased their engagement in reading and literary analysis.
, Taye. A. Kehinde
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 01-06; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.2.1

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Adekunle Kòsọ́kọ́ and Sìmisola Kòsọ́kọ́ (nee Ogunleye) are married singers, both born and bred in Lagos known by the stage names Kunle Gold and Simi respectively. They are among a group of young, popular, and successful songwriters, composers, and singers. Their music has gained the hearts of Nigerian people, especially the youth. The focus of this paper is to examine critically how they make use of code-switching or code-shifting in their respective music as a 'style' in order to differentiate their songs and also to make a unique identity. It is observed that they alternate between two or more languages to pass information to the target audience in order to showcase their fluency in the languages hence showing their level of literacy and flexibility. The data for analysis and discussion are songs from ‘Duduke’, ‘Sade’, ‘No forget me’, 'Selense’, ‘Promise Me’, and ‘Joromi’. Sociology Theory is used to drive home the point of discussion to reflect the effect of the songs on society.
Victor Marrahí-Gómez, Jose Belda-Medina
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 07-14; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.2.2

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The recent emergence of digital authoring tools related to Augmented Reality (AR), such as Zooburst, Roar or Aumentaty, has facilitated the integration of this cutting-edge technology in Education. Consequently, different publications have come out to light about the affordances and limitations of integrating technology AR in the EFL/ESL classroom. Thus, this study seeks to analyze and review the recent trends in AR implementation in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom (EFL) and to present the main projects aimed at teaching English with AR-based projects that have been published in the latest years in WOS and Scopus. Following the methodology, the improvement in the performance of the student in different areas of study has been proved while using AR in EFL teaching.
Kingsley Obiajulu Umeanowai, Wang Lei
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 19-30; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1.3

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This research is a mixed-methods study that examined Chinese learners' beliefs and strategies used in language learning in the context of their achieved proficiency. To investigate the relationship existing between these variables, two survey questionnaires, a Chinese proficiency test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi: HSK 4), and an interview item were constructed. In total, one hundred and twenty international students were conveniently sampled for the BALLI and SILL questionnaires, as well as a Proficiency Test, and six out of the one hundred and twenty were selected to respond to the interview. The results revealed that learning beliefs about learning and communication strategies and metacognitive strategies in learning strategies were frequently used among these participants. The study also showed that a strong positive correlation exists between learning beliefs and the strategies used, while a weak positive and statistically significant correlation exists between their Chinese proficiency, learning beliefs about the language, and the strategies used. However, the regression analysis conducted showed that the regression model is statistically significant (F=70.63, p<0.05), indicating that the beliefs and strategies used have the potential to statistically predict their learning proficiency. The study concluded with suggestions on how to address negative learning beliefs and build adequate learning strategies to improve their Chinese proficiency.
Iskandarsyah Siregar
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 01-07; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1.1

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The Palang Pintu tradition is a tradition that is part of the Betawi wedding ceremony. In this study, the semiotic analysis of Roland Barthes was used. This study uses extra-qualitative research methods with an interpretive approach as a complement. This linguistic research is classified as interpretive research because it relies on interpreting texts that can be related to the context in it, such as ideological, moral, cultural, and spiritual values. In this study, the researcher aimed to analyze the meaning of the Palang Pintu procession in terms of semiotics. From the results of the study, it can be concluded that in Palang Pintu, there are 1) meanings of denotation in the procession of the Palang Pintu, processions are starting from the dustur prayer, greetings, rhyme contests, fighting, and reciting the holy verses of the Koran or chanting sike. In the denotative meaning of this Palang Pintu process, apart from explaining the literal meaning and describing the process. It also describes the stages of testing for the groom to marry his bride; 2) the connotation meaning in the Palang Pintu procession describes the practice of the teachings and laws of Islam and love for the Prophet Muhammad SAW and family ties; and 3) the myth in the Palang Pintu procession is that there are Betawi solid community principles, namely recitation, prayer, and silat. In addition, the dominance of solid Islamic teachings is evidenced by the existence of relevant verses of the Koran and hadith and the content of Betawi cultures, such as rhyming, where rhymes are used to advise on traditional art ceremonies.
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 31-39; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1

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This study seeks to investigate linguistic, stylistic devices in Wole Soyinka’s TheLion and theJewel. It aims at describing and interpreting lexical categories and figures of speech used to convey meanings. A mixed-method has been used to carry out this work. Thus, the quantitative method has helped collect the stylistic devices from the whole play, and their proportion has been discussed and interpreted on the basis of the qualitative method. As a result, the frequency distribution of the lexical categories is established as follows: verbs 37.07%, nouns 25.84 %, adjectives 22.47%, adverbs 14.6%. The proportions of figures of speech are as follows: smile 20%, metaphor 18.33%, personification 18.33%, repetitions 13.33%, parallelism 11.66%, alliteration 11.66% and irony 6.66%. The high proportion of verbs indicates the fundamental importance of the issues of tradition and modernity in societies. The massive use of Yoruba nouns suggests the triumph of tradition over modernity. Basically, adjectives are used to depict beauty and power for the purpose of highlighting the positive aspects of African cultural values and, more specifically, Yoruba culture and tradition. Lexical schemes have been used to denounce the influence of western civilization on African culture and tradition. Phonological schemes, namely alliteration, are used to create rhythmic speech sounds that stress the rhetorical structure of the play to attract readers' attention to the deep messages being conveyed.
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 45-55; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1.6

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The influence of gender on language preferences has been a major subject of investigation in modern sociolinguistic research. Previous studies show that social norms, level of education, economic status, and social classifications of gender roles have been identified as some of the key factors influencing different linguistic choices between female and male Iraqi Arabic speakers. The findings of previous studies indicated that Iraq is a male-dominated society. And the women are denied most socio-economic privileges accessible to men, which has significantly influenced their linguistic choices. This investigation, therefore, evaluates to what extent males/females’ speech has different linguistic choices in Nasiriya City, south of Iraq. It aims to present sociolinguistic characteristics of Iraqi women based on 16 hours of voice recorded speech divided into three group situations. A random sampling procedure is applied in this study, where 235 speakers from the University of Thi Qar are involved. The findings collected from 134 female speakers and 101 male speakers indicate that young female speakers aged between 18 to 30-year-old are leading patterns of variation and change towards the prestigious dialect in their choice of some Baghdadi variants. In addition, Nasiriya males are conservatives keeping the use of local Nasiriya variants with a slight approach to Baghdadi variants when the spontaneous speech emerges in talks with females in a mixed group. The findings indicated that even though female speakers currently have equal access to all regional, prestige and standard varieties of the Iraqi Arabic language, both genders differ significantly in terms of their linguistic choices, and their individual choices reflect their social status. Most men are more inclined to use Nasiriya Dialect than Baghdadi Dialect for reasons attributed to strength, toughness and masculinity, while women use the language for prestige and to maintain high social status. Finally, it sounds that sociolinguistic behaviors and patterns of Iraqi Arabic female speakers in the Nasiriya Speech Community are similar to those discovered in Basra and other Arabic-speaking nations and societies.
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 08-18; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1.2

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The world we live in has become an ocean filled with undulating waves of motivational messages. People ply the earth with vain looks; every unfortunate encounter seems to be welcomed with lots of bitterness. What can be done to remedy this situation? This is where motivational speakers come to the stage. When people face various life challenges, they often resort to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. This study sets out to look at the rhetoric in some motivational quotes in a bid to elicit those elements that make them more resonant to the extent that some have become celebrated parts of society's lexicon. Using the rhetorical theory by (Selzer 2003), we discovered from the 100 quotes analyzed from Facebook that a subtle combination of good words mitting, motivational psychology and rhetorical appeals inspire people. Well-structured messages that use figures of speech and appeal to our inspirational nature can be meaningful and powerful in shaping our thoughts hence aiding us to appreciate some valuable things in our lives that have been underestimated.
International Journal of Linguistics Studies, Volume 2, pp 40-44; https://doi.org/10.32996/ijls.2022.2.1.5

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Modular Distance Learning is introduced in the country as an individualized instruction that allows learners to use self-learning modules (SLMs) in print or digital format/electronic copy in response to the health crisis around the world. This study was conducted to determine and analyse the challenges and prospects of the English teachers in the schools of Marawi City in teaching grammar using modular distance learning in terms of students' understanding of concepts, assessments, pedagogies, phasing diversified learners' level. This study employed the descriptive research design with the use of Survey Questionnaires, actual in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions. The findings of the study showed that the challenges encountered by the respondents are: a. the attitude of students towards understanding grammar and the time allotment as differed from face-to-face instruction b. the credibility issues in answering activities in the worksheets, c. problems on poor access to an internet connection, d.lack of exposure to social media platforms, e. defiance of assessment's purpose due to module formats, f. the negative perception of students towards teachers' feedback, g. the issue on too many workloads affecting the consistency of systematic release and retrieval of the module; and lastly, h. the maintenance of attention span versus many disturbances. Additionally, the prospects gathered from the responses of the participants which are implied to be advantageous to grammar teaching are: a. the use of explicit approach, b. the offering of other learning activities/channels to cater to different skills of the students, c. the giving of feedbacks in a different manner such as written or face-to-face consultation and progress reports, d. the setting of consultation schedules and meeting deadline of submissions, and lastly, e. the use of online platforms. In conclusion, the researcher recommends the meditation of the advancement of technological tools among the schools. Teaching approaches, as well, which are useful in modular distance learning, namely, the use of step-by-step presentation of concepts in the format of the module, and the practice of other modes of giving feedback to students such as counselling rather than massive written feedback, which demotivates students.
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