Foreword – July 2013

| June 7, 2013

July 2013
Volume 7 Issue 1

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This year’s edition of the journal brings together fourteen articles, seven Research Articles and seven Research Notes. Thanks are extended firstly to the authors who have contributed to this edition, and the Associate Editors, reviewers, and the production team under Dr. Ahmad Al-Hassan for their efforts in preparing the papers for publication. This last year has been busy for the journal in terms of the volume of submissions and a large number of new reviewers who have joined the journal. Congratulations must be extended to the new Associate Editors, John Winward, Custódio Martins, and Amelia Cava, all of whom have moved up from reviewing positions. Special thanks go to Michael Daller, an Associate Editor since the start of the journal, who has moved on. Michael’s hard work and academic judgment have been instrumental in establishing the journal.
The opening Research Article by Paul Dickinson looks at the formulaic language of interactional discourse in the social media forum of Twitter. Dickinson identifies four main functions in this language use: manipulating situations, asserting individual and group identity, and connecting meaning and structure of the discourse. The choice of such language is seen as being predominant over novel constructions. Candice Luebbering’s study reviews the cartography of language maps and examines the difficulties inherent in assigning language to space, current language mapping projects, and the potential of technology in this field. Cynthia Wiseman and Patti Juza examine the compliment and response behaviours of ESL and bilingual students at a US university, revealing patterns of language use according to gender. Chuan-Chi Chang and Amara Prasithrathsint’s study looks at the semantic networks for on in English and shàngmiàn(upside) in Mandarin Chinese with the use of the Sinica Corpus. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi’s study analyses the responses of Omani female students to an Arabic translation of Alice Walker’s “The Abortion” and illustrates the impact of the students’ cultural background on comprehension Farzaneh Khodabandeh, Manochehre Jafarigohar, Hassan Soleimani, and Fatemeh Hemmati’s paper delves into the impact of various types of genre-based instruction on argumentative essay writingin an Iranian university. The final paper in this section by Matthew Coomber addresses issues of identity construction and performance among male students of Japanese as a second language.
The Research Notes section commences with Cui Ying’s study into the role of context in presupposition. Cui Ying reviews three major approaches to presupposition in linguistics: the semantic, pragmatic, and experiential. Following this, Veeramuthu Veerappan, Dahlia Syahrani Md. Yusof, and Afizal Md. Aris investigate language-switching in L2 composition among ESL and EFL undergraduate writers in the Malaysian university context. Caroline Hwang and Anna Lee’s study analyses female identity construction in advertisements in Chinese and English in Chinese-language editions of three popular international female magazines published in Taiwan. Mingzhen Bao’s study looks at acoustic evidence for glottalization of word-initial vowels in Shughni, a Pamir language in the Indo-European family of languages. Nicholas Catasso’s study puts forward the ‘Free Relative Economy Principle’ in the analysis of free relatives in German and English. Nahla Nola Bacha examines teacher corrective feedback on disciplinary L2 writing from student and disciplinary teacher perspectives. The final paper in this section from Nasser Al-Horais takes a minimalist approach to an analysis of the internal structure of small clauses.

We hope these articles in the 2013 edition of the journal are of interest to you. Your own submissions and feedback are always welcome.

Erratum: the 2012 article by SatarupaDatamajumdar mistakenly referred to the author as ‘he’.

John Adamson, Ed.D.
Chief Editor

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