Contemporary Sociopolitical Functions of the “Allahu Akbar” Ritual Speech Act in Today’s Muslim Communities: A Focus on the Iranian Society

Mohammad Ghazanfari; Atena Attaran; Mohammad Zabetipour

Volume 7, 2 (Special Issue on Iranians Views of Cultural Issues) , September 2019, , Pages 94-106

  As an Islamo-Arabic utterance,throughout the history of Islam, “Allahu Akbar” has been widely used as one of the most influential religious slogans since the advent of Islam in the 7th century CE. However, during the last four decades, it has gained a fairly global reputation thanks to various ...  Read More

Media Literature and Its Impact on People's Culture

Tatyana Anatolievna Spirchagova; Svetlana Evgenevna Nikitina; Maria Nikolaevna Spirchagova

Volume 9, Issue 1 , March 2021, , Pages 94-101

  Due to its nature and content, the media is related to almost all different economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions of societies and can be claimed to be one of the influential variables in today's societies. The formation of a country's image in foreign media is a direct reflection of the ...  Read More

English Language Teaching in Iran: A Case of Shifting Sands, Ambiguity, and Incoherent Policy and Practice

Mostafa Morady Moghaddam; Neil Murray

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, , Pages 96-105

  English language teaching (ELT) in Iran has experienced a turbulent history reflecting an often dynamic context and changing attitudes toward English, yet framed within a discourse of tolerance rather than one of embrace, as this study is going to show. The discourse was much brighter before the Islamic ...  Read More

A Socio-Cultural Study of Pedagogical Practices inside Syrian EFL Classrooms

Taha Rajab

Volume 3, Issue 2 , September 2015, , Pages 97-114

  This paper reports on an exploratory study that explores the instructional patterns within English as a Foreign Language (EFL) secondary school classrooms in Syria. Recently, the Syrian Ministry of Education (MoE) has introduced a new national curriculum which recommends a shift in EFL teachers’ ...  Read More

The Impact of English Cultural Awareness on Indonesian ‎Advanced EFL Learners’ Grammar Knowledge

Mashudi Mashudi; Agung Nurmansyah; Natalya Ryafikovna Saenko; Asep Nurjamin; Svetlana Rafaelyevna Sharifullina

Volume 10, Issue 1 , March 2022, , Pages 99-108

  The current research examined the impacts of English cultural awareness on Indonesian EFL students’ grammar knowledge. To achieve this objective, 40 advanced participants were chosen according to their performance on the Oxford Quick Placement Test (OQPT). Then, the participants were equally divided ...  Read More

Greetings and Politeness in Doctor-Client Encounters in Southwestern Nigeria

Akinola Odebunmi

Volume 1, Issue 1 , March 2013, , Pages 101-117

  Doctors and clients sometimes experience interactive clashes during hospital meetings in South-western Nigerian hospitals because of their divergent culture-constrained orientation to politeness cues. The goal of this paper is to unpack the discursive elements that characterize interactive confluence ...  Read More

Dynamic Categorization of Semantics of Fashion Language: A Memetic Approach

Rong Zeng; Xu Wen

Volume 6, Issue 1 , March 2018, , Pages 101-114

  Categories are not invariant. This paper attempts to explore the dynamic nature of semantic category, in particular, that of fashion language, based on the cognitive theory of Dawkins’ memetics, a new theory of cultural evolution. Semantic attributes of linguistic memes decrease or proliferate ...  Read More

Persian Diasporic Bloggers and Virtual Performance of Cultural Identities

Samad Zare

Volume 6, Issue 2 , September 2018, , Pages 102-112

  This paper focuses on the concept of consciousness and liminality in the Iranian Diaspora and the way Iranians create digital diasporas where they can practise cultural identities outside the homeland. The discussion elaborates on the concept of traditional dowreh (family/social circle) in the fibre ...  Read More

Existential Loneliness in Kazakh Literature and Modern World Literature: Insights from Metaphors and Frame-Based Analysis

Oralsyn Rakymzhan; Berdibai Shalabay; Omirgul Zhumagulova; Gulden Kazhibaeva; Ibagul Кairbekova

Volume 10, Issue 3 , September 2022, , Pages 103-116

  Existential loneliness is a topic of debate that has been explored over three centuries. Nineteenth-century novelists contributed to cognition-based existentialism in a way that has shaped our contemporary understanding and conceptualization. This study investigates the thematic coverage of existential ...  Read More

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 , March 2015, , Pages 105-119

  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

Teacher Cognition on the Place of Culture in English Education in Tunisia

Tarek Hermessi

Volume 4, Issue 2 , September 2016, , Pages 105-118

  This study investigated the cognition of 70 Tunisian teachers on the place of culture in English education. It showed that Tunisian teachers believe that English textbooks and curricular documents are not specific about the cultural dimension of EFL. It also revealed that L2 teachers, whose mother culture ...  Read More

Engendering Migration, Naturalization, and Citizenship: An Autoethnographic Approach

Serap Fiso; Emel Topcu

Volume 11, Issue 1 , March 2023, , Pages 105-118

  This study aims to provide a personal, reflective look at the experiences of migration, citizenship, and naturalization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, using an autoethnographic investigation. There is limited literature, particularly in relation to individual experiences in the country, so this study seeks ...  Read More

An Analysis of Metaphoric Use of Names of Body Parts in the Bantu Language Kifipa

Amani Lusekelo; Daudi Isaac Kapufi

Volume 2, Issue 1 , March 2014, , Pages 106-118

  This paper focused on the way names of body parts are artistically used to convey meanings and messages in Kifipa, a Bantu language spoken in Tanzania. Since the body parts metaphors are used by people to portray meanings in their daily conversations (Kovecses, 2004; Vierke, 2012), the paper investigated ...  Read More

From EFL Classroom into the Mainstream: A Socio-Cultural Investigation of Speaking Anxiety among Female EFL Learners

Karim Sadeghi; Forouhar Mohammadi; Nasrin Sedaghatghoftar

Volume 1, Issue 2 , September 2013, , Pages 117-132

  The study was conducted with the aim of examining the rate of foreign language anxiety in male and female language learners. FLCAS (Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale) was administered to two groups of male and female learners. The mean scores of FLCAS indicated a significant difference with females ...  Read More

Language as a Didactic Tool and Vehicle of Cultural Preservation: A Pragma-sociolinguistic Study of Selected Igbo Proverbs

Uche Gloria Oboko

Volume 8, Issue 2 , September 2020, , Pages 121-136

  Language plays major functions in society. The way of life of a people is handed down from generation to generation through language. The Igbo people are known for their rich oral tradition and cultural heritage especially in the use of proverbs. Some studies on Igbo proverbs have focused on the semantic ...  Read More

The Role of Culture in The Personal and Social Determinants of ‎Social Well-Being of Russians: ‎Examining the Words Culture and Welfare

Aida Nailevna Nurutdinova; Anastasiya Aleksandrovna Rus; Vera Nikolaevna Argunova

Volume 8, 3 (Special Issue on Russian Culture and Language) , December 2020, , Pages 72-79

  Welfare is a social category and is rooted in the cultural and social structures of society. Therefore, the improvement of welfare policies requires knowledge of these structures and cultural and social conditions. It should be noted that the culture in the cultural discourse of welfare is no longer ...  Read More

Eastern and Western Linguocultural Map: Similarities and ‎Peculiarities (Based on Linguocultural Research)‎

Zhanar Konyratbayeva; Darikha Satemirova; Bekzhan Abdualyuly; Kuanyshbek Kenzhalin; Almagul Akazhanova

Volume 9, 2 (Themed Issue on Modern Realities of National Languages of CIS Countries) , August 2021, , Pages 85-97

  Worldview, especially the cultural worldview, is one of the most important aspects in the sphere of intercultural communication. The given research is devoted to considering the linguocultural aspect of the cultural worldview of the East and the West and the creation of the linguocultural map of the ...  Read More

The Role of Cultural Background in the Use of Refusal Strategies ‎by L2 Learners

Rawan Emad Al-Sallal; Madani Othman Ahmed

Volume 10, 2 (Themed Issue on the Socio-Psychology of Language) , July 2022, , Pages 92-104

  This study intends to investigate the role of culture in the acquisition of pragmatic competence by EFL learners. It investigated the refusal of requests and offers used by Bahraini and Indian learners of English compared to those employed by native speakers of English. It also explored the similarities ...  Read More

Proverbs and Other Stable Sayings Show a Foreigner the ‎Traditions and Cultures of the Russian People

Tatyana Gennadevna Bochina; Anastasiia Alexandrovna Korshunova; Sholpan Kuzarovna Zharkynbekova

Volume 9, Issue 3 , September 2021, , Pages 101-108

  It is obvious that proverbs have their roots in the cultures of any society. Russian proverbs and sayings show a foreigner the traditions, customs, and way of thinking of the Russian people. In the current study, by monitoring posts on social networks and using passive observations of the speech process ...  Read More

Phonetic Peculiarities of the English Language in India

Marina Borisovna Grolman; Zubayda Albertovna Biktagirova; Olimjon Habibovich Kasimov

Volume 9, Issue 1 , March 2021, , Pages 102-110

  In India, English has the status of an official language along with Hindi. According to linguists, the English spoken in India is different from the one spoken in other countries, with it being an independent version of the English language. While working on the research, the general trends of differences ...  Read More

Transculturation and Multilingual Lives: Writing between Languages and Cultures

Piotr Kuhiwczak

Volume 2, Issue 2 (Special Issue on Translation, Society and Culture) , September 2014, , Pages 103-111

  This paper looks at the issues of transculturation as explored in auto and semi-autobiographical accounts of linguistic and cultural transitions. The paper also addresses a number of questions about the structure of these texts, the authors’ linguistic competences, as well as questions about the ...  Read More

Being Politically Impolite: A Community of Practice (CofP) Analysis of Invective Songs of Western Nigerian Politicians

Moses Adebayo Aremu

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures and Languages) , March 2016, , Pages 103-116

  Earlier linguistic studies of political discourse revealed that, not many works exist on pragmatic analysis of impoliteness in this genre. Apart from Mullany (2002), who employs relational and face works to analyses impoliteness in political discourse, Taiwo (2007), Adetunji (2009), and Ademilokun (2015), ...  Read More

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

Lin Zhu

Volume 5, Issue 1 , March 2017, , Pages 103-117

  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

The Role of Language in Accusations of Witchcraft in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spain

Eva Mendieta

Volume 5, Issue 2 , September 2017, , Pages 105-118

  Linguistic factors played a significant role in the origin and spread of accusations of witchcraft in Early Modern Spain. The preoccupation with witches’ words is at its root a preoccupation about the power of speech and, to a great extent, of female speech. Studies in some Early European countries ...  Read More

Mainland Chinese Students’ Shifting Perceptions of Chinese-English Code-Mixing in Macao

Kun Zhang

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, , Pages 106-117

  As a former Portuguese colony, Macao is the only region in China where Cantonese, a variety of Chinese, and English, an international language, are enjoying de facto official statuses, with Putonghua being a quasi-official language and Portuguese being another official language. Recently, with an increasing ...  Read More