3. Investigating Non-Native English Speaking Graduate Students’ Pragmatic Development in Requestive Emails

Shuan Wei-Hong Ko; Zohreh R. Eslami; Lynn M. Burlbaw

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 1-15

Abstract
  The present study investigated learners’ interlanguage pragmatic development through analysis of 99 requestive emails addressed to a faculty member over a period of up to two years. Most previous studies mainly investigated how non-native English speaking students’ (NNESs) pragmalinguistic ...  Read More

4. Changes and Challenges of Literacy Practices: A Case of a Village in Iran

Brian Street; Reza Pishghadam; Shiva Zeinali

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 16-27

Abstract
  Granted that literacy is a social practice involving different values, attitudes, feelings, and social relationships, this study attempts to examine literacy practices and the potential changes made through a history of forty years. The study was conducted in the village of Cheshmeh, near Mashhad, Iran, ...  Read More

5. An Exploratory Study on the Use of 'I Love You' in the American Context

Yong Lang; Lian Wang; Caihong Xie; Wencui Chen

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 28-46

Abstract
  This study explores the use of the English locution I love you in the American context. The data were collected through a focus discussion group and a survey questionnaire. 120 college undergraduate students from a large public American university participated in the study with 28 attending the focus ...  Read More

6. Discourse Markers in Political Interviews: A Contrastive Study of Persian and English

Amir Zand-Moghadam; Leila Bikineh

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 47-61

Abstract
  Due to the significance of multiculturalism in politics, and the central role linguistic devices play in organizing the political discourse, this text-based qualitative study was carried out to compare political interviews in the Iranian and English contexts to find out the probable similarities and ...  Read More

7. The Consequences of the Contacts between Bantu and Non-Bantu Languages around Lake Eyasi in Northern Tanzania

Amani Lusekelo

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 62-75

Abstract
  In rural Tanzania, recent major influences happen between Kiswahili and English to ethnic languages rather than ethnic languages, which had been in contact for so long, influencing each other. In this work, I report the results of investigation of lexical changes in indigenous languages that aimed at ...  Read More

8. Assertiveness, Compliance, and Politeness: Pragmatic and Sociocultural Aspects of ‘Brazilian English’ and 'American English'

Milene Mendes de Oliveira

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 76-90

Abstract
  This paper showed the results of a qualitative investigation that looked into intracultural communication between Brazilian teachers and students of English, and intercultural communication between American teachers and Brazilian students of English. The aims were to identify and describe contextualization ...  Read More

9. The Question of Re-Presentation In EFL Course Books: Are Learners of English Taught about New Zealand?

Tugba Toprak; Yasemin Aksoyalp

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 91-104

Abstract
  Increasingly intercultural dimension of communication in the 21st century has brought about challenging aims in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) pedagogy, such as ascertaining the enhancement of the learners' intercultural awareness and promoting their ability to communicate in intercultural settings. ...  Read More

10. A Separation, an Ideological Rift in the Iranian Society and Culture: Media, Discourse and Ideology

Reza Zabihi; Momene Ghadiri; Abbas Eslami Rasekh

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 105-119

Abstract
  Media can be a good representation of dominant ideologies in society. The analysis of such discourse can shed light on the mental and social structures of people in society. Adopting van Dijk’s (1995) layout of discourse ideology and his (2000) practical and general outline of ideological analysis, ...  Read More

11. Discursive Strategies in Selected Political Rally Campaigns of 2011 Elections in Southwestern Nigeria

Mohammed Ayodeji Ademilokun

Volume 3, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2015, Pages 120-132

Abstract
  This paper discussed the discursive strategies in selected political rally campaigns of the 2011 elections in Southwestern Nigeria with a view to revealing the dynamics of political persuasion and mobilization in contemporary natural political communication in Nigeria. The data for the study were obtained ...  Read More