International Journal of Language and Linguistics

Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018

  • North American Jews in a Year-Long Volunteer Program in Israel: Identities, Motivations, Attitudes, and Hebrew Language Proficiency

    Smadar Donitsa-Schmidt, Rivi Carmel

    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018
    Pages: 101-109
    Received: Jun. 01, 2018
    Accepted: Jul. 01, 2018
    Published: Jul. 24, 2018
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    Abstract: The study investigated a group of 68 young North American young adults who volunteered to teach English in Israeli public schools for a year in the framework of a joint project conducted by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Education entitled 'Israel Teaching Fellows' that was inaugurated in 2013. Employing a pre-post design,... Show More
  • Boundary Assignment: A Cognitive Motivation for Lexicalization

    Liu Chendan

    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018
    Pages: 110-117
    Received: Jun. 26, 2018
    Accepted: Jul. 09, 2018
    Published: Aug. 04, 2018
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    Abstract: Lexicalization is a process of structural innovation in language change, which is motivated by a human cognitive ability of structural boundary assignment in the construction of linguistic structures. In this process, the first innovative form may be a result of a language user’s intentional violation of a structural organization rule for a certain... Show More
  • A Pragmatic Study of Mitigating Strategies for Interpersonal Conflicts in Unequal Power Relations

    Ji Xiyuan

    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018
    Pages: 118-126
    Received: Jun. 28, 2018
    Accepted: Jul. 09, 2018
    Published: Aug. 07, 2018
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    Abstract: Conflict talk is a common but complex interactional phenomenon, whose initiation, maintenance, termination, etc. have been explored by many scholars. However, the mitigating strategies of conflict talk have not attracted much attention for research. This paper is a pragmatic study of mitigating strategies for interpersonal conflicts on the basis of... Show More
  • Influence of Contextual Factors on Chinese Private College Students’ Spoken English

    Cui Yanqiu, Huang Xiaorong

    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018
    Pages: 127-133
    Received: Jun. 13, 2018
    Accepted: Jul. 25, 2018
    Published: Aug. 16, 2018
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    Abstract: Spoken English has long been a bottleneck for Chinese English learners, which is caused by not only the exam-oriented teaching mode, but also the negative psychological factors of shyness and timidness. Besides, in private colleges, high student-teacher ratio and less class hours also hinder the effect and efficiency of spoken English class. To imp... Show More
  • On Rhetorical Functions of Narratives in Hillary Clinton’s Speeches

    Yulian Chen

    Issue: Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2018
    Pages: 134-139
    Received: Jul. 30, 2018
    Accepted: Aug. 28, 2018
    Published: Sep. 27, 2018
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    Abstract: Hillary Clinton is generally considered as a competent female politician and an excellent orator. She has impressed the world with her elegant words, storytelling styles and unique personal charm. Scholars have probed into her speeches from different angles and found that kinds of discourse strategies have been applied to enhance the appeal of her ... Show More