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How about emotions? Two cultures and varieties of Portuguese

Author Nunes, Ana Margarida Belém Affiliation Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Portuguese, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China Abstract The capability to precisely recognize and perceive the emotional state of a speaker is essential for successful communication. Emotion expression and perception have many universal characteristics. However, European Portuguese shows some […]

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The syntax of Kazakh-Russian intrasentential code-switching in reported clauses

Author Akishev, Timur Affiliation Department of Modern Languages, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677 USA Abstract The given study represents an interpretive approach to the syntax of Kazakh-Russian intrasentential code-switching. It encompasses a review of the literature on code-switching as a phenomenon involving certain syntactic processes, a description of the general linguistic peculiarities of […]

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Question-word movement in Tiv

Author Michael Terhemen Angitso Affiliation Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, Nigeria Abstract This paper investigates question formation in the Tiv language. It examines the possibility of Q-word extraction from the subject position affecting the agreement marker in the Tiv language. Do prepositions have inherent stranding features that seem to license or […]

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A communicative and stylistic adaptability of new idioms and idiomatic expressions in Yorùbá literary texts

Author Dayo Akanmu Affiliation School of Languages, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria Abstract New idioms and idiomatic expressions are quintessentially modern stock expressions that constitute communicative clogs in Yorùbá routine discourses because of their semantic complexity and deviant nature. Existing studies have established their scope of usage in Yorùbá music but have hardly […]

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Polysemous usage in domesticated English varieties: A case study of the verb ‘see’ in Nigerian English

Author Rotimi Taiwo Affiliation Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria Abstract The concept of domestication, nativization or localization has been at the forefront in the discussions on non-native varieties of English. Scholars are beginning to draw more attention to how the English language is being adapted to the culture of non-native speakers, while still retaining many […]

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Grammaticalization of the future markers in Jordanian Arabic

Author1 Sabri Alshboul Affiliation Department of English Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan Author2 Yousef Al-Shaboul Affiliation Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan Author3 Sahail M. Asassfeh Affiliation Department of English Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan Abstract This paper deals with the grammaticalization processes captured in Jordanian and Standard Arabic. […]

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Derivation of serial verbal constructions

Author Oye Paul Taiwo Affiliation University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria Abstract Earlier works failed to account for the derivation of serial verbal constructions. This is because the deletion method adopted could not account for the derivation of the modified serial verbal construction type. In this paper, we employ the Minimalist Framework of generative syntax for […]

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Endangerment scenario: The case of Yorùbá

Author Adeleke A. Fakoya Affiliation Department of English, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria Abstract Numerous perils, including death, may befall a language and make its growth or relevance somewhat pointless, leading to the ‘birth’ of a population with little regard for their own languages and an untamed interest in a foreign tongue and culture. The […]