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Globe : A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication
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ISSN (Print) 2246-8838
Published by Aalborg University Homepage  [18 journals]
  • Investigating the move structure of management forewords

    • Authors: Rikke Hartmann Haugaard, Anne Lise Laursen
      First page: 1
      Abstract: With a view to enhancing the empirical knowledge of variations in international business communication, the present study investigates an aspect of communication in two European cultures not yet examined, namely the structure of Spanish and Danish management forewords of corporate annual reports. A qualitative analysis is carried out to explore the similarities and differences between a Spanish and Danish corpus. The results suggest a certain homogeneity in terms of move structure and lexico-grammatical shifts from one move to another along the text, but also some differences in the occurrence and length of individual structural elements. Some of these differences may be attributed to the cultural context in which the foreword is situated.
      PubDate: 2021-03-15
      DOI: 10.5278/ojs.globe.v13i.6565
      Issue No: Vol. 13 (2021)
  • German super and intensifiers in social communication

    • Authors: Shelley Ching-yu Depner
      First page: 15
      Abstract: This study examines the intensifier super in German with data taken from Das Wortauskunftssystem zur deutschen Sprache in Geschichte und Gegenwart (DWDS, Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, Geyken 2020). We inspect the morphosyntactic and semantic development of super, and aim to explore its delexicalization tendency. In closing, the development of intensifiers in social communication is presented. The results show that German super enjoys morphosyntactic flexibility. The meaning of this versatile intensifier shifts freely among various magnitudes of intensification, from 'more than', 'very', to 'top most', and even has gone lower than the reference point to mean 'actually not good'. German super has advanced itself in terms of linguistic performance and is gradually losing its role as an intensifier. A diachronic inspection of the use of German super attests linguistic revival in that from a rarely used intensifier, super escalates its use in the last decades in German society. Outer world influences have put super through lexical competitions. Reports on general intensifiers reveal the inner linguistic motivation of change that intensifiers own, and sociolinguistic factors such as gender, age and education background all contribute to the variability of intensifiers in social communication.
      PubDate: 2021-06-08
      DOI: 10.5278/ojs.globe.v13i.6727
      Issue No: Vol. 13 (2021)
  • A cross-cultural study of semantic ties in the abstracts of conference

    • Authors: Benjamin Amoakohene, Joseph Benjamin Archibald Afful
      First page: 30
      Abstract: Connectedness in research article abstracts plays a vital role for them to be able to attract a broader readership. It also enhances abstracts' potential for acceptance at local and international conferences. In view of this, the study investigates variations in the strategies that writers from Anglophone and Francophone settings use to create connectedness in their conference paper abstracts. The data for this study comprise 50 abstracts submitted by these two groups of writers to the 30th West African Languages Congress and the 10th Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG) Conference. For analytical methodology, it employs Halliday and Hasan's (1976) Cohesive Theory, which is complemented by Kaplan's (1966) Contrastive Rhetoric Theory. The findings reveal that the writers from the two cultural backgrounds employ similar strategies such as references, conjunctions, substitution, ellipsis, synonyms and repetition in maintaining connectedness in their abstracts. The differences between these two categories of writers are linked to the frequency with which these connectives are deployed in their respective abstracts. The study has implications for Contrastive Rhetoric Theory, by proving that people who belong to the same discourse community to a large extent demonstrate similar writing styles irrespective of their different cultural backgrounds.
      PubDate: 2021-06-24
      DOI: 10.5278/ojs.globe.v13i.6749
      Issue No: Vol. 13 (2021)
  • E-mailhilsner: Relation, variation og akkommodation

    • Authors: Marianne Rathje, Tina Thode Hougaard, Eva Skafte Jensen
      First page: 47
      Abstract: In this paper, we present a study of how Danish language users choose to greet each other in emails. The study is based on an online survey with 1311 anonymous respondents. The study shows that the choice of greeting forms is no trivial matter but something that prompts much consideration. Greeting forms are expressions of phatic communication, but they are also signals of how the senders assess the relation between themselves and the receiver. As a consequence of this, we see that accommodation is a driving force in the choosing of greeting form.
      PubDate: 2021-08-17
      DOI: 10.5278/ojs.globe.v13i.6869
      Issue No: Vol. 13 (2021)
  • Nativization of English among L2 learners

    • Authors: Napoleon Epoge
      Pages: 86 - 99
      Abstract: In the discussion of Postcolonial Englishes, Cameroon English is a well-known variety, yet many of its features have not been fully described. One of these features is adverbs and their syntactic positioning. Hence, the present paper aims to show that the input-oriented feature specifications of adverbs and their syntactic positioning have undergone certain innovation processes in Cameroon English. These innovations include placement of adverbials to permit the SVAO information structure, employment of adjectives ending in -ly as adverbs, formation of adverbs from nouns by adding the suffix –ly, substitution of adjectives for adverbs, placement of adverbials after the verb in verb + long object clause, placement of an adverb modifying a participle after the word it modifies, and placement of adverbials of time between the subject and verb. The paper argues that the motivation behind novel adverbs as well as novel syntactic positioning of adverbs stems from the co-existence of English and many other languages in the linguistic ecology of Cameroon. The innovations can be codified into a variety-specific grammar of Cameroon English in its construction and semiotization of Cameroonians’ sense of socio-cultural and linguistic identity.
      PubDate: 2021-12-21
      Issue No: Vol. 13 (2021)
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