Foreword. May 2009. Volume 4 Issue 1 .
Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of The Linguistics Journal in which we are pleased to present five articles from diverse linguistic contexts. Due to increased interest in the journal in the last year, a warm welcome is extended to new editors appointed to the review team and especially to Benjamin Schmeiser who has taken over production duties from Marcus Otlowski. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marcus for his tireless efforts in preparing many papers for past editions. Thanks, as always, is extended to those who have supervised, reviewed and prepared the papers in this edition.
The first paper on “Part-of-Speech Tagging for Grammar Checking of Punjabi” by Mandeep Singh Gill, Gurpreet Singh Lehal, and Shiv Sharma Joshi investigates the use of a new tagset device for the Punjabi language and presents ground-breaking innovations in parts-of-speech tagging. The authors recommend this for grammar checking of not only Punjabi but also other languages of the Modern Indo-Aryan family.
In Ping Huang’s comparison of international and Chinese journal article abstracts, Swales’ (1981, 1990) move structure model and Halliday’s (1994) description of Transitivity Processes and lexis are employed to analyze a small corpus. Findings reveal important messages for writers preparing abstracts for academic journal submission in terms of structural moves and their distribution, the distribution of Transitivity Processes related to the move structure, and lexical analysis of Swales’ move structure.
In Victor Ho’s paper the use of downward requests in emails by a multi-cultural group of teachers is investigated using Bhatia’s (2004) model of genre analysis. Three features of generic structures, intertextuality, and lexico-grammar are revealed in the messages and explained in terms of the cultural background of both the senders and recipients. Insights are also gained as to the rank of imposition of the requested acts.
The next article by M. T. Lamidi investigates the parametric variation of the 3rd person singular in English and Nigerian languages. This study explores the third person singular effect on subject, object and possessive pronouns in English, Yorùbá, Igbo and Hausa languages and concludes that its uniqueness is possibly similar across the languages.
The final paper by John F. Ehrich considers Chinese and English reading from the perspective of studies in Vygotskyan socio-cultural theory and linguistic relativity. Ehrich puts forward the case that according to socio-cultural theory, the internalization of Chinese logographic characters or English alphabetic script leads to distinct inner processing, i.e. that language itself influences cognitive processing, an argument which is seen in behavioural and neuroanatomical studies.
I hope you enjoy reading this selection of papers and look forward to your own submissions.
Senior Associate Editor
The Linguistics Journal
Volume 4. Issue 1. May 2009
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Dr. John Adamson
1. Mandeep Singh Gill, Gurpreet Singh Lehal, & Shiv Sharma Joshi. Part-of-Speech Tagging for Grammar Checking of Punjabi
5. John F. Ehrich. Vygotsky and Linguistic Relativity: The Case of Chinese and English Reading