LOCAL OR ORIGINAL? SHIFTING IDENTITIES OF TWO COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THEIR CHALLENGE TOWARD CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC MARGINALIZATION

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

The present study aims to explore how two college freshmen inThailandnegotiate their space in an EFL classroom as both of them are from different provinces so that they face linguistic and cultural barriers and thus are labelled as “others.” The ethnographic approach based upon participant observation and a series of interviews shows how two students become aware of their own cultural background which leads them to take different approaches in order to accommodate a new challenge: one actively gets involved in a local culture while the other holds on to his own to maintain his cultural upbringing.


THE GAME OF MANIPULATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper tries to depict the game of manipulation in one type of oral discourse, namely in negotiation. The game of manipulation in negotiation is not relaxed or interest-free; on the contrary, it is a game in which the players try to maximize their gains by finding the best strategy necessary in a certain situation. We are trying to see, in several examples of recorded and transcribed negotiations, how some strategies of manipulation work.


MISLEADING MEANS OF EXPRESSION IN THE ARGUMENTATIVE LITERARY TEXT

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

In order to both attain and conceal the degree of subjectivity and falseness ever possible and imaginable in a literary text, a writer employs and exploits a series of procedures such as the paraverbal (extra-linguistic elements) or the rhetorical devices; resting equally on presuppositions and on the implicit, the experienced artist entertains an artful “dialogical” relationship with the reader who, in his turn, is free to choose the meanings he likes or he finds appropriate and, consequently, is liable to experience disagreement. On the other hand, as an auctorial instance, the writer could and should predict, avoid and prevent the …


NEGOTIATION AS RITUAL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The term negotiation is more and more frequently used nowadays not only in relation to commerce or economic activities, but also in many other domains. Irrespective of the area where the term negotiation appears, it is generally associated to the idea of conflict or to the one of adjusting the opinions of the persons involved. People negotiate every day and almost everywhere (in the family, at work, in the street, in a shop etc.), whenever they want to gain something or to solve differences of opinion. Not only material objects can be negotiated, but also relationships, meanings, identities. This explains …


LINGUISTIC MEANS OF ARGUMENTATION IN NEGOTIATION

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

In our paper we try to analyse argumentation at the level of one particular type of oral discourse, negotiation, taking into consideration not only the strategic behaviour of the locutor, but also the reaction of the interlocutor; we try to see the linguistic means through which the latter can provoke/maintain the conflict, or cooperate in order to reach an agreement