3. A Conversation Analysis of Ellipsis and Substitution in Global Business English Textbooks

Zia Tajeddin; Ali Rahimi

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 1-14

Abstract
  Despite the body of research on textbook evaluation from the discourse analysis perspective, cohesive devices have rarely been analyzed in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) textbooks. The acquisition and use of cohesive devices is inherent to naturalistic communication, including business interactions. ...  Read More

4. “It’s Practically a Must”: Neoliberal Reasons for Foreign Language Learning

Johanna Ennser-Kananen; Christian Fallas Escobar; Martha Bigelow

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 15-28

Abstract
  This qualitative study analyzes the reasons of college students for learning English as a foreign language (EFL) in Costa Rica and the reasons of high school students for learning German as a foreign language (GFL) in the US. It asks to what extent the learners’ reasons align with or deviate from ...  Read More

5. Identity Construction in Three AbaGusii Bewitchment Narratives

Eucabeth Ong’au-Mong’are; Augustine Agwuele

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 29-43

Abstract
  The stories we tell about our lives unveil their content just as much as the lexical choices we make index a certain worldview, attitude, positionality, and relationship to reality. In essence, in narratives, individuals construct the self and denote personal identities. The available narrative identity ...  Read More

6. A Linguistic Analysis of the Online Debate on Vaccines and Use of Fora as Information Stations and Confirmation Niche

Marianna Zummo

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 44-57

Abstract
  This study looks at the communication between users concerning health risks, with the aim of exploring their use of fora and assessing whether participants establish a niche with like-minded users during these exchanges. By integrating a corpus linguistic approach with content analysis and multiple studies ...  Read More

7. Politeness Principle and Ilorin Greetings in Nigeria: A Sociolinguistic Study

Kaseem Olaniyi

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 58-67

Abstract
  This essay examines greetings as one of the elements of politeness in a Nigerian community and how it influences the cultural characteristics of the people. To analyze, this essay makes use of speech act theory and politeness principle and also considers the pragmatic context in analyzing different types ...  Read More

8. Indigenous Accounts of Environmental Stewardship in Light of the Theory and Language of Maharishi Vedic Science

Lee Fergusson; David Kettle; Geoffrey Wells

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 68-81

Abstract
  The principles and practice of sustainability have gained momentum in the last 15 years and now form a central part of conversations around social praxis and the future. It has been proposed that the theories driving sustainability science are embedded in Indigenous history, and it has been shown that ...  Read More

9. The Representation of Social Actors in the Graduate Employability Issue: Online News and the Government Document

Siti Noor Fazelah Mohd Noor

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 82-93

Abstract
  This paper presents the first part of a larger study on the issue of graduate employability in Malaysia as construed in public discourse in English, a language of power in Malaysia. The term employability itself has many definitions depending on the requirements of government and industry, and in the ...  Read More

10. Funds of Knowledge: An Underrated Tool for School Literacy and Student Engagement

Debalina Maitra

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 94-102

Abstract
  This chief aim of this paper is to explore the concept of Funds of Knowledge (FOK) in relation to Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). This study unveils the basic tenets of FOK from the lens of activity theory and analyzes pertinent discoveries, key concepts, and scholars’ arguments relating ...  Read More

11. Mirror Neurons and (Inter)subjectivity: Typological Evidence from East Asian Languages

Lin Zhu

Volume 5, Issue 1 , Winter and Spring 2017, Pages 103-117

Abstract
  Language is primarily constituted by action and interaction based on sensorimotor information. This paper demonstrates the nature of subjectivity and intersubjectivity through the neural mechanism and typological evidence of sentence-final particles from East Asian languages and extends to the discussion ...  Read More