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  • How to Apply CxG to Phraseology: A Multilingual Research Project

    • Abstract: In the present research project, we will set out to design and populate a multilingual database which lists and describes Italian, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish phraseologisms. We firmly believe that the multilingual database will prove particularly useful in second language teaching. We will endorse the holistic perspective of Construction Grammar as our theoretical and applied framework (Goldberg, 1995; Croft, 2001): we conceive of phraseologisms, in particular idiomatic expressions, as ‘constructions’, i.e., form-meaning pairings whose meaning is not compositional. With reference to Croft (2001), we will describe multi-word units in their phonological, morpho-syntactic, semantico-pragmatic and discursive aspects (Schafroth, 2013) with the aim of providing an updated tool for second language acquisition and teaching purposes.

    • Abstract: The study explores the variety of causal constructions with an adjective in French and German, as they are realized in French Pierre est rouge de colère (‘Peter is red with anger’), German Maria ist gelb vor Eifersucht (‘Maria is yellow with jealousy’), French Il est fou d’amour (lit. ‘He is crazy of love’), or French Anne est morte de faim (lit. ‘Anne is dead of hunger’). First, the different elements of the construction are described in detail in the framework of Goldberg’s Construction Grammar model (1995 and 2006) and of different phraseological studies (Burger, 2007; Dobrovol’skij, 2011; Donalies, 2009; Fleischer, 1997; Gries, 2008). One and the same syntactic structure can convey different meanings (also a non-causal meaning) with different degrees of idiomaticity. In a contrastive approach, the study further highlights the typological differences in the causal construction between the Germanic language German and the Romance language French. These differences can lead to difficulties for French-speaking learners of German. The study proposes some teaching strategies to facilitate the learning of such causal constructions with an adjective. We advocate a teaching methodology which privileges holistic sequences or so-called ‘chunks’ (Handwerker, 2008) and which further focuses on the typological differences in the lexicalization patterns (e.g. different prepositions in German, different color terms,…), but also on conceptual metaphor and metonymy (Barcelona, 2001; Lakoff and Johnson, 1980; Niemeier, 1998). This helps foreign learners to ‘rethink for speaking’ (Ellis and Cadierno, 2009: 123) in the foreign language.
  • Difficulties in Translating Terminological Phrasemes in Economic Print

    • Abstract: The aim of this study is to demonstrate that thecorrect identification, understanding and translating of terminologicalphrasemes can cause difficulty for students, translators, managers andentrepreneurs. The theoretical framework of this study comprises phraseology,phraseodidactics and one branch of cognitive linguistics - construction grammar-whichtakes into account phrases and not only individual words. Professional economicphrasemes were first compiled on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) glossaryweb 2014 terminological database. From this database, 126 figurative compoundterms were selected in three source languages (Spanish, French and English) andcompared with terms in one target language (Slovak).We have primarily focusedon the occurrence of these terminological phrasemes in the print media and theyhave been analysed from the point of view of difficulties which might be causedwithin the process of translation. Similarities and peculiarities of theseterminological phrasemes have been discovered through analysis of theequivalents in the four aforementioned languages and the outcomes of this studyalso highlight differences regarding intercultural aspects. The acquisition ofgeneral phrasemes and in this case terminological phrasemes, is the importantpart of language skills not only for students of economics, but also for futuretranslators and professional translators.
  • Antiphrasis-Based Comparative Constructional Idioms in Spanish

    • Abstract: The aim of this studyis to show the constructional character of the antiphrasis-based comparativestructures in Spanish [SUBJ[anaph] VTENER de S1 como/loque yo de S2] and [SUBJ[anaph] V[COGN] de S1 como/loque yo de S2], respectively with the referential meaning ‘not to be S1’ and‘to not know/understand absolutely anything about S1’ and the pragmatic meaningdisagreement/criticism. These schemata in Spanish have not been studiedpreviously, either from the perspective of phraseology (in terms of theircharacter as idiomatic schemata) or that of Construction Grammar (looking attheir value as constructional idioms). Hence, this study has a double aim: onthe one hand to fill a gap in Spanish phraseological research, exploring indetail the value of these structures in terms of schematicity and as constructional idioms and on the other to establish a unifying bridge betweenSpanish phraseology and Construction Grammar. For the study a corpus has beencompiled of 435 occurrences of the construction [SUBJ[anaph] VTENERde S1 como/lo que yo de S2] and 240 occurrences of theconstruction [SUBJ[anaph] V[COGN] de S1 como/loque yo de S2], these drawn either from the CREA corpus or from theInternet/Google using the Webcorp tool.
  • Entrenching Inferences in Implicational and Illocutionary Constructions

    • Abstract: The starting point for the present paper is the classification of constructions, understood as fixed pairings of form and meaning, into four levels of meaning representation, i.e., the argument-structure, implicational, illocutionary and discourse levels. The meaning part of constructions contains fixed and variable elements. In argument-structure constructions the fixed elements are generic and, as such, they are open to parameterization through the integration of lower-level lexical structure into them. For example, the ‘caused-motion’ construction, which takes the form X CAUSES Y TO MOVE Z, can parameterize ‘cause to move’ by means of such predicates as ‘push’, ‘kick’ and ‘drag’. In constructions from other levels of description, the fixed part, which is non-generic, contains sets of conditions that are stably realized by specific formal configurations, which are highly idiomatic. For example, the sentence Who's been messing up the bulletin board? is usually not a question about the identity of the person that has performed the described action, but an expression of irritation on the part of the speaker at someone having handled the notices on the board inefficiently. The underlying configuration, which can be labeled Who's Been VP-ing (Y)?, is an implicational construction whose VP component-which completes the past perfect form of the fixed part-is necessarily a progressive form, thus indicating that the action has taken place in the recent past and is of consequence to the present moment. The rest of the meaning cannot be derived compositionally but is obtained from previous inferential activity based on the non-grammatical content of the “VP Y” part of the construction: People are expected not to misuse what is not theirs. Such content is a matter of socio-cultural conventions that regulate human interaction with other humans and the inferences originally derived from it have become entrenched through frequent association with the expressive pattern that now constitutes the formal part of the construction. The same is the case with illocutionary meaning, which is often captured by idiomatic constructions. For example, Can't you please stop making noise? derives its combination of directive and expressive force (it is a request and a complaint at the same time) from the entrenchment of meaning implications arising from the fact that it is not socially acceptable for people to act in ways that bother other people. Along these lines, the paper explores other such socio-cultural conventions, examines the type of inferences that they underlie and makes correlations with formal expression patterns. Such a correlation reveals networks of meaning relations among formal patterns that enable us to give structure to the implicational and illocutionary segments of the ‘constructicon’ of English. It also sets up explicit connections between the constructional and inferential domains of linguistic research.
  • On the Systematic Variation of German Idioms: Converse Pairs as a
           Constructional Phenomenon

    • Abstract: This paper presents some findings of my research on the systematic variation of German idioms, with attention focused on converse transformations such as (jmdm.) eins/eine/einen aufs Dach geben literally “to give someone <let someone have> one on the roof”, meaning ‘to strike <beat> someone’ or ‘to punish someone’ – eins/eine/einen aufs Dach bekommen (von jmdm.) literally “to get one on the roof from someone”, meaning ‘to be struck <beaten> by someone’ or ‘to be punished by someone’. To be subjected to converse transformations an idiom must have two active valencies. These valencies are usually filled by the Agent and Patient, more seldom by the Agent and Addressee or Beneficiary. This semantico-syntactic condition is also a constructional phenomenon because it is governed by the argument structure of a given expression. Within every semantic field, a certain constructional pattern underlies the converse transformation. Cf. for the semantic fields (1) PHYSICAL COERCION, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE and (2) PUNISHMENT, which is derived from (1): [X gab eins in/auf “gave one in/on” {body part} of Y] meaning ‘X struck <beat> Y’ ↔ [Y bekam eins in/auf “got one in/on” {body part} of Y vom “from” X] meaning ‘Y was struck <was beaten> by X’.
  • Sequential Patterns: A new Corpus-Based Method to Inform the Teaching of
           Language for Specific Purposes

    • Abstract: In this study, we present an original study that aims to show how pedagogically important lexico-grammatical patterns, which are typical of certain genres, can be identified and taught at every educational level, in particular for learners of French for Specific Purposes. These patterns, called Sequential Patterns, constitute a more powerful paradigm than lexical bundles or “P-frames” because they combine different levels of abstraction (word forms, lemmas, POS tags). As they are typical of a textual genre, some of these items reveal the abstract phraseological dimension of texts.
  • &ldquo;Fruits are Results&rdquo;: On the Interaction between
           Universal Archi-Metaphors, Ethno-Specific Culturemes and Phraseology

    • Abstract: This paper deals with therelation between language, culture and reality, as it manifests itself infigurative words, idioms and proverbs involving the concept of fruit in several language families. Someproductive metaphoric macro-models are identified and analysed, archi-metaphorsas well as culturemes, analysinghow the “experiential” and “cultural” motivational backgrounds can interact. Wealso investigate how grammatical metaphors depend on the underlying images andhow cognitive mappings can be reversed.
  • Items and Generalizations: Evidence from Decir within the Family of
           Subjective-Transitive Constructions in Spanish

    • Abstract: This paper explores the existence of a continuumbetween regular, productive, conventional configurations and fixed,idiosyncratic and novel configurations within the full gamut of instances ofsecondary predication with decir (‘say’) and verba dicendi inpresent-day Spanish. Drawing on Cognitive Construction Grammar, it is arguedthat instances of the secondary predication with these verbs can be aptlyregarded as forming part of the family of subjective-transitive constructions.Specifically, schematic configurations involving decir and other verbadicendi are shown to be instances of the denominative subjective-transitiveconstruction. Configurations of this kind interact with partially filled ininstances of secondary predication involving coercion via a reflexive pronounin the postverbal NP slot as well as coercion in combination with an imperativeform. This continuum is even more clearly observable in the case of configurationsinvolving the reflex passive clitic se, giving rise to a three-pointcline between (i) non-gramaticalized (compositional) configurations with anactive counterpart, (ii) non-grammaticalized constructions without an activecounterpart and (iii) grammaticalized (non-compositional) configurationswithout an active counterpart. At a higher level of delicacy, it is shown that loque se dice XPCOMP construction, understood as the result of incipient grammaticalization, may function as afocusing/emphasizer subjunct or as a summative conjunct in present-day Spanish.One of the broad-scale generalizations emerging from this study is that theXPCOMP must lend itself to a subjective, evaluative construal on the part ofthe subject/speaker. All the instances of the subjective-transitiveconstruction surveyed here impose this restriction on the XPCOMP. However, the loque se dice XPCOMP construction functioning as a emphasizer/focusingsubjunct also allows a more disparate range of non-evaluative XPCOMPs. Adefault inheritance system of the type invoked in Cognitive ConstructionGrammar is shown to capture the commonalities as well as the idiosyncraticparticulars of this family of constructions and can thus be informally used tooptimize the input for the instruction of grammar in the advanced Spanish L2class.
  • Contrastive Analysis of Stretched Collocations with Get and Take: Their
           use and Pedagogical Implications

    • Abstract: Thispaper explores the pedagogical implications of contrastive analyses of lightverb constructions containing get and take in English and Spanishbased on electronic corpora, the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpusde Referencia del Español Actual (CREA). The main tenets of collocationsfrom a contrastive perspective-and the points of contact and departure betweenboth languages-are discussed prior to examining the commonest types of verb+ nouncombinations (i.e., take a bath, take advantage of), verb+ adjective(i.e. get ready, get worse, get angry), verb+ participle (i.e., getmarried, get dressed) as significant cases of so-called “light”, “empty”,“thin”, “stretched” or “support” verbs. A quantitative and qualitative-orientedcase study is accordingly conducted, determining the weight of get and takein stretched collocations in the BNC and ofthe Spanish equivalent verbs constructions within the CREA. Based on empiricaldata obtained this way, this paper provides relevant insights for more accuratetranslations, helping to enhance the collocational competence of L2 students,who tend to avoid constructions including empty verbs in favour of full verbforms. The findings in this study shed light on the potential of corporaresources for improving the collocational usage of foreign-language learners,as quantitative and qualitative comparisons of collocations serve to highlightthe similarities and, more importantly, the lexical, cognitive and typologicaldifferences between these phraseological constructions in the two languages,thereby substantiating the very useful role that corpus analysis may play forlanguage teaching in general and for collocational knowledge and proficiency inparticular.
  • Constructions in the Classroom: Examples of a Phraseodidactic Approach for
           the Teaching of L2 French

    • Abstract: Language learners andlanguage teachers alike have long recognized the fact that there is more tolearning a second language than simply learning grammar and vocabulary words.Such an approach misses the fact that there are certain sequences that are preferredby the native speaker, despite the very large number of possibleformulations in any given language. Many terms have been used to refer to thesepreferred sequences, including formulaic language and phraseologicalunits. However, these sequences occupy a more or less important positiondepending on one’s theoretical underpinnings. In the current article, insightsfrom an approach to language informed by construction grammar will be used inorder to make suggestions concerning the teaching of constructions. The articlewill end with two specific and concrete pedagogical interventions for theteaching of French as a foreign language.
  • How Trainee Translators Analyse Lexico-Grammatical Patterns

    • Abstract: In this study, we examine the ability of advanced students ofspecialised translation to identify and analyse ‘generic collocations’ in acorpus of specialised multilingual texts (mostly technical or scientific textsin English, French and German). In general, we find that our students attachmuch importance to frequently-occurring ‘clusters’ or ‘n-grams’. However thestudents find it difficult to see these fragments as productive patterns ofwording, or to assign a rhetorical function to them. This rather fixed view ofphraseology suggests that there may be shortcomings in the way that we asteachers conceptualise and problematise the concept of the ‘lexico-grammaticalpattern’ for our students. In the second part of this study, we suggest adifferent way of identifying and conceptualising phraseological phenomena usingthe metalanguage of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG).
  • Register-Specific Collocational Constructions in English and Spanish: A
           Usage-Based Approach

    • Abstract: Constructions are usage-based, conventionalisedpairings of form and function within a cline of complexity and schematisation.Most research within Construction Grammar has focused on the monolingualdescription of schematic constructions: Mainly in English, but to a lesserextent in other languages as well. By contrast, very little constructionalanalyses have been carried out across languages. In this study we will focus ona type of partially substantive construction from the point of view ofcontrastive analysis and translation which, to the best of our knowledge, isone of the first studies of this kind. The first half of the article lays downthe theoretical foundations of the study and introduces Construction Grammar aswell as other formalisms used in literature in order to provide a construalaccount of collocations, a pervasive phenomenon in language. The experimentalpart describes the case study of V NP collocations with disease/enfermedad incomparable corpora in English and Spanish, both in the general domain and inthe specialised medical domain. It is provided a comparative analysis of theseconstructions across domains and languages in terms of token-type ratio (constructionalrestriction-rate), lexical function, type of determiner, frequency ranking ofthe verbal collocate and domain specificity of collocates, among others. Newmeasures to assess construal bondness will be put forward (lexical fillednessrate and individual productivity rate) and special attention will be paid toregister-dependent equivalent semantic-functional counterparts in English andSpanish and mismatches.
  • Subjective Perception and Causal Attributions for Poverty in Italy

    • Abstract: Doesa relation between subjective perception of one’s own socioeconomic status andwhat one believes about impoverishment exist? Are people’s causal attributionsfor poverty related to their concern for cost of living, their evaluation ofeconomic situation in the last 12 months or prevision for next 12 months? Thispaper aims at studying these relations in order to better understand people'sviewpoint on what originates poverty. The study considers data collected into aresearch carried out in 2012, in Italy and that has involved around 1000participants. A Principal Component Analysis has allowed detecting three maincomponents and the following analyses have showed significant relations betweenattributions and factors like, e.g., the perception of the personalsocioeconomic status and concern for cost of living.
  • The Diaspora Nigerians’ Image Problem of Drug and Fraud:
           A Case Study of the Malaysian-Indonesian Experience through Newspaper

    • Abstract: It is no longer news that theeconomic and social problems in Nigeria have led to mass migration of Nigeriansto other parts of the world for better job opportunities and/or education.South-East Asia has had its fair intake of some of these Nigerians especiallyin recent times. However, some unscrupulous Nigerians in their bid to makequick money have used the opportunity afforded by some of their host nations tocommit crimes ranging from drug trafficking to internet fraud. The negativeactivities of these few have had a bad impact on the image of the entirecitizenry of Nigeria in diaspora and this has led to stereotyping andprejudices-at times with dire consequences. Using the textual analysis method,this paper looks at the activities of some of these criminal minded Nigeriansin diaspora through newspaper reports in Malaysia and Indonesia with a view topinpointing the problems they are creating in these societies, their negativeeffect on other Nigerians and what solution(s) could possibly be implemented incurbing their activities.
  • Juvenile Court Dispositions in the Deep South: Examining the Concept of
           Justice by Geography

    • Abstract: The concept of justice by geography suggeststhat sentencing decisions in the juvenile justice system are influenced by thegeographical context of the courts. This study sought to examine thisphenomenon by examining rates of harsh juvenile sentencing (dispositions) in 64parishes (i.e., counties) in the Deep South using parish-level characteristicssuch as geographic location (urban/suburban vs. rural), race and poverty. Amultivariate regression analysis revealed that places with high poverty ratesexperienced significantly higher harsh disposition rates than those with lesspoverty. Other measured parish characteristics were unrelated and thus, thejustice by geography concept was not supported. Implications for juvenilejustice policy and future research are discussed.
  • Perceptions of Care, Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Health Care
           Utilisation among Health Insurance users in Ghana

    • Abstract: The socio-demographic characteristics of clients and their perception ofquality of care play a major part in people’s decision making processespecially in service utilization. This study assesses the relationship betweenclients’ socio-economic features as well as their perceived quality on healthcare utilization. The study adopted a non-experimental cross sectional designin eliciting information from health clients who accessed health services inten selected hospitals in the Kumasi Metropolis with a cluster sampling designto select 400 clients from the ten health facilities purposely selected. The researcherused interviews and semi structured questionnaires to collect data and usedSPSS version 20 for processing whiles descriptive and inferential statisticswas supported with STATA 11. Perception about the quality of health provisioninfluenced access of healthcare with NHIS cards. Clients who viewed the overallquality of health provision as good or very good were more likely to accesshealthcare with NHIS card as compared to those who rated the overall healthprovision as poor or very poor (OR = 2.1; p
  • Adoption Factors of Electronic Human Resource Management (e-HRM) in
           Banking Industry of Bangladesh

    • Abstract: Thepurpose of the study is identifying the important factors that contribute toadoption of e-HRM among banks in Bangladesh. Stratified random samplingtechnique was used to consider 265 respondents from twenty eight privatecommercial banks. A pre-tested and close-ended questionnaire adaptingfive-point Likert scale was used for data collection. In this study,descriptive statistics and exploratory factor analysis are exercised asstatistical tools. The result shows that employee’s individual attributes, topmanagement support, compatibility, IT infrastructure and industry pressure areimportant factors that influencing management decision to adopt e-HRM amongbanks. The practical implication of the findings is discussed at the end ofthis paper and recommendations for further research are also addressed.
  • Omission of Men from Gender-Development Theory and Praxis: A Pathway for
           Addressing the Plights of Women?

    • Abstract: Within thegender-development discourse, there have been widespread concerns in relationto the neglect of women in benefitting from the process and outcomes ofdevelopment. This has led in part to the proliferation of policy programmingdesigned for women to achieve gender equality while ensuring that women benefitproportionally from development. However the extent to which gender-basedinterventions will succeed in relation to their aims will depend inter alia onhow such programmes view other members (men) of the household. This papercritically examines the consequences of men’s omission from gender-developmenttheory and practice. We draw our discussion on the theoretical and empiricalliterature by focusing on two gender-based programmes i.e., microfinanceschemes and HIV/AIDs interventions that have been implemented widely across thedeveloping world with the aim of transforming gender relations and addressinggender subordination. We argue that in isolating men from gender baseddevelopment programmes, interventions may fail to tackle the root causes ofwomen’s subordinate position in society. Central to our argument lies the factthat women’s lives are embedded within the wider socio- cultural dynamics andpower structures and thus the lack of critical assessment of these elements mayact as potential constraining factors hindering the success of theseprogrammes. Besides, though it is undisputed that women have beenunderprivileged, the insipient emergence of “men in crisis” in developmentdiscourse may suggest that policies have not benefited all men either. Thepaper concludes with  recommendations inimproving the design of gender based programmes in efforts towards addressingthe plight of women.
  • Social Psychology and Performative Interventions in Human Systems. The
           GENERATIVE Method

    • Abstract: Thepurpose of this paper is to describe the GENERATIVE method, a methodology forpromoting change in human systems (i.e., contexts involving human interactions,such as organizations, communities, institutions). The first part of the paperis focused on the description of the interactionist and constructionistepistemological background adopted. The second is dedicated to the presentationof human systems as socially constructed realities. The third part is dedicatedto the description of the three recursive steps of the GENERATIVE methodology: Thesystem analysis, the negotiation and redefinition of goals and the pragmaticintervention. Finally, the presentation of the methodological steps iscritically discussed in order to show how this methodology is particularlyuseful and effective in promoting change in human systems. The paper aims toprovide insights and guidelines to professionals, practitioners and consultantsworking in contexts involving human interactions.
  • Women&rsquo;s Participation in Agricultural Activities at Forest Land
           Areas of Bangladesh

    • Abstract: Women first initiated agricultural practices and demonstratedthe art of science of farming. Women played a key role in the conservation ofbasic support system. The main objective of this research was to determine theextent of participation in agricultural activities by the rural women inMadhupur forest areas. An attempt was made to explore the potentials factorsthat influence their participation in agricultural activities in Madhupur forestareas in Bangladesh. Data were collected from randomly selected 70 rural womenby using a pre-tested structured interview schedule. The findingsof the study showed that the highest proportion of the respondents (95.7%) hadhigh level of participation in agricultural activities, where only 4.3% hadmedium and 1.4% had low level of participation. Among nine selectedcharacteristics of the rural women, two of these namely years of schooling andfamily farm size did not show positive significant relationships with theirextent of participation in agricultural activities. On the other hand,extension media contact and access to training on agriculture showed positivesignificant relationship with their extent of participation in agriculturalactivities. The findings of the study indicate that the respondents of thestudy area have no alternatives other than agricultural activities. Here, morethan half of respondents (62.9%) motivated towards agricultural activities asthey have no alternatives to do, where, 25.7 and 11.4% of them wereself-motivated and enforced by other to practice agricultural activities,respectively. More training should be provided to the women farmers of thestudy areas and require more exposure to extension media which helps the peopleto become more conscious, rational decision maker and informative aboutagricultural activities. So the authority should implement adequate developmentprogram in the forest areas for the welfare of women farmers.
  • Theory Practice Gaps in Nursing Education: A Qualitative Perspective

    • Abstract: The last three decades have focused on moving thenursing education from the hospitals toward the universities. The theoreticalpart has started to gain more popularity in nursing education. The literatureshows that there is a clear gap between what is taught in the classroom andwhat the student nurses experience in the clinical area. This study aimed toidentify the reasons for this gap and present suggestions to overcome it. Anexploratory qualitative approach was adopted. Individual face-to-face semi-structured interviewswith thirty students were done.The findings shed light on one main theme “the reasons for theory-practice gap”.Many of the students explained that the lack of qualifications of the clinicalinstructors formed a key stone in increasing the gap between theory andpractice. Lack of communication between Theory and Practice teachers was viewedas another reason for this gap. The students showed the complexity of theclinical learning environment in comparison with the theory controlledenvironment. Poor communication between clinical instructors and lack of supportin the clinical training was viewed crucial and was expected to increase thefeelings of frustration and dissatisfaction among nursing students. Inconclusion, qualitative design used in this study provided deep and rich dataabout the theory-practice gaps in nursing education in Jordan. The results ofthis study could be useful for the undergraduate students, the nursing schools,the nursing teachers and the stakeholders in Jordan.
  • The Role of Developmental Psychology to Understanding History, Culture and
           Social Change

    • Abstract: Developmental psychology of the past generations has evidenced that the whole pre-modern humankind stood on pre-operational or concrete-operational stages. Only the modern humankind has also developed the fourth stage of human development, the adolescent stage of formal operations. Lew Vygotski was 1933 one of the first to earmark convincingly the connection of socialisation (school education) and cognitive development as a precondition to reach the “higher psychological processes”, as the Russian school designated what the school of Geneva called “formal operations”. The essay documents that developmental psychology is necessary to reconstruct the history of magic, religion, sciences, philosophy, law, morals, politics, economy, population, arts, customs and mentality. It is impossible to understand human’s history on earth and social change from Pleistocene up to modern times without developmental psychology. Moreover, the emergence of the formal operations during the early modern times caused the rise of modern, industrial society, including its main parts “industrialism”, “sciences”, “Enlightenment”, “humanism” and “democracy”. These five main phenomena of modernity manifest higher stages of psyche and cognition, having arisen in the same region and in the same era. Developmental psychology is able to explain their nature and their internal coherence, while traditional social sciences have no means available to deal with these phenomena, considering their common origination as an accidental phenomenon or misinterpreting it.
  • Factors Influencing Online Shopping in Mauritius: An Application of
           Principal Component Analysis and Binary Logistic Regression

    • Abstract: In our modern world, the intensive use of internet has imposed new lifestyles and encouraged new behaviour amongst many across the globe. With the development in Internet technologies, the emergence of online shopping has altered the way businesses operate. While many of them have embraced this platform to present their offerings, many customers on the other hand, are finding it more cost-effective and convenient to carry out their transactions online. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to refine our understanding on consumers’ attitudes, perception and behaviour towards online shopping in a Mauritian context. Data was collected among 224 respondents in Mauritius whereby a questionnaire was administered through personal interviews with the aim of achieving a higher response rate. Principle Component Analysis (PCA) was performed to reveal the underlying factors influencing people’s perceptions and attitudes towards online shopping and the results uncovered that ‘online shopping conveniences’, ‘security and product risk’, ‘complexity and waiting time’ and ‘enjoyment and pleasure’ were major contributors to overall attitudes towards online shopping attributes. The binary regression model was also fitted and factors such as marital status and internet at home were the significant factors to contribute towards online shopping.
  • Perceived Social Support and Opinions on Poverty: Is it Chronic or

    • Abstract: This article discusses the relation between perceptual component of social support and the beliefs about stability of poverty condition. To what extent individual’s perception about having back covered, resulting from opinion about family’s or friends’ resources or their moral support, influences his belief about poverty as a chronic or a transient condition? Analyses-Chi2 test on bivariate crossings-have been carried out on a sample of 992 individuals resident in Lazio, an Italian region. They were asked to respond to a multidimensional semi‐structured questionnaire on their social‐economic status and beliefs about poverty. Outcomes emerged revealed a relation between the feeling safe thanks to personal supportive network and opinion on poverty: Respondents showing a greater feeling of back covered consider poverty a chronic condition more than others. On the contrary, the evaluation of poverty as a condition that is possible to escape from is more frequent among people who reported to feel morally supported or they can count on family’s or friends’ resources.
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