Tag Archives: Corpus

Review of Corpus-Based Studies in the Representation of Muslims and Islam in the Western Media (Published)

The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive review of literature on the attitude of Western media including films and magazines, towards Muslims and the Islamic religion by way of reviewing existing studies in relevant literature. The findings from the sources considered are used in making inferences and conclusions about the general attitude of some Western media towards Muslims and the Islamic religion, whilst also analyzing some of the terminologies used in reference to Muslims, especially Muslim Women. The impact of the identified attitude was highlighted and the conclusion of the study is that most of Western media holds a highly negative and condescending view towards Muslims and the Islamic religion. 

Keywords: Corpus, Islam, Muslims, Western media

Generic Structure Potential of Some Nigerian Folktales (Published)

The structure of folktales has been largely considered within literary tradition. Though a few studies have examined folktales from a linguistic perspective, little or none has studied the Generic Structure Potential of Nigerian folktales. In this study, we purposively studied twenty folktales narratives selected from a corpus of one hundred Nigerian folktales, downloaded online. The texts were closely examined for uniformity and representativeness of both the Nigerian folktales and folktales in general and on that basis a GSP catalogue for Nigerian folktales, [TT^OR]^CA^1^2^RS^1^2^[F]^(MR) was generated. The elements generated in the catalogue include: Title TT, Orientation OR, Conflicting Action CA, Resolution RS, Finis F and Moral MR. while MR is an optional element, the remaining elements are obligatory. The paper concludes that the elements of GSP catalogued here are typical of Nigerian folk narratives and suggests that the model could be applied to other forms of narratives that have not so far been studied.

Keywords: Corpus, Folktale Narrative, Generic Structure Potential, Nigerian Folktales, Representativeness

The Advent of Islam has launched the Greatest Arabic Language Planning Process Ever-made in History for a Language (Published)

This descriptive and analytical research conducted to investigate the relationship between the advent and spread of Islam and its reflections on the development and growth of the Arabic language from one side, and link that with the contemporary principle, concepts and theories of language planning from the other side. The coming and spread of Islam has made major procedures that have enhanced the status, corpus and acquisition of Arabic. They include selection, standardization and codification of the Arabic language as the official language for the Muslim community and state. The advent of Islam has made great linguistic changes to the Arabic language components including its phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. These procedures have changed the Arabic status from a language of local tribes to an international language spoken by about 450 millions in the world; it has also become the native and official language for 22 countries and the liturgical language for about 1.7 billion Muslims. Learning and disseminating Arabic is enhancing, booming and increasing worldwide.

Keywords: Acquisition, Corpus, Language Planning, Status, and Arabic language., the Advent of Islam

AN EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE CORPUS-DRIVEN LEXICAL CHUNKS INSTRUCTION (Published)

Lexical chunks, as the composites of form, meaning and function, stored and retrieved as a whole in brain, can release the language processing burden and improve the fluency and idiomaticity of language output. With the advance of corpus linguistics, the corpus is commonly used in language teaching and language research, and its function of concordance and key word in context (KWIC) can promote the acquisition of lexical chunks. The paper aims to explore the effects of the corpus-driven lexical chunks instruction in students’ lexical chunks acquisition through tow-year longitudinal study.60 freshmen of 2009 are involved in the corpus-driven lexical chunks instruction experiment, who are divided into high-level, medium-level and low-level three groups according to their writing score in pretest. At the end of each term, the writings of the students are collected for analysis. The results show us a different pattern in the use of lexical chunks for these three groups of students.

Keywords: Corpus, Data-Driven Learning, Lexical Chunks, Lexical Chunks Application Competence, Lexical Chunks Instruction

An Empirical Research on the Corpus-driven Lexical Chunks Instruction (Review Completed - Accepted)

Lexical chunks, as the composites of form, meaning and function, stored and retrieved as a whole in brain, can release the language processing burden and improve the fluency and idiomaticity of language output. With the advance of corpus linguistics, the corpus is commonly used in language teaching and language research, and its function of concordance and key word in context (KWIC) can promote the acquisition of lexical chunks. The paper aims to explore the effects of the corpus-driven lexical chunks instruction in students’ lexical chunks acquisition through tow-year longitudinal study.60 freshmen of 2009 are involved in the corpus-driven lexical chunks instruction experiment, who are divided into high-level, medium-level and low-level three groups according to their writing score in pretest. At the end of each term, the writings of the students are collected for analysis. The results show us a different pattern in the use of lexical chunks for these three groups of students

Keywords: Corpus, Data-Driven Learning, Lexical Chunks, Lexical Chunks Application Competence, Lexical Chunks Instruction