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International Journal of Language Studies

A Quarterly Journal of Applied Linguistics

ISSN: 2157-4898 | eISSN: 2157-4901

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Editor: Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

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The attitudes and opinions of young students towards their own language: The case of Tsonga-speaking students at the University of Johannesburg

Lidon CHAUKE, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa | Contact Author

International Journal of Language Studies, 13(4), [Article in Press]. Download PDF | Add Print to Cart

Tsonga people are one of South Africa’s recognised ethnic groups with a population of over 4.5 million speakers in the country (Census 2011). This qualifies the language as one of the least spoken indigenous languages in the country when compared to Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Sotho, and Tswana. In cases where a language is spoken by the minority, there tends to be concomitant negative attitudes towards that particular language by speakers of the majority languages. This paper reports the findings of a study that investigated the attitudes and opinions of young Tsonga-speaking students towards their own language (or their perception of the self) at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Ten (N=10) Tsonga-speaking students were asked how they felt about their own language. Structured questionnaires that consisted of both open ended and closed ended questions were used. Results indicated that the participants of the study not only had positive attitudes and opinions towards their own language, but they also had the same with the other indigenous South African languages.

Citation: Chauke, L. (2019). The attitudes and opinions of young students towards their own language: The case of Tsonga-speaking students at the University of Johannesburg. International Journal of Language Studies, 13(4), [Article in Press].

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On the functions and forms of metadiscursive hedging in applied linguistics

Marziyeh NEKOUEIZADEH, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran | Contact Author

Mohammad BAVALI, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran | Contact Author

Mohammad Sadegh BAGHERI, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran | Contact Author

Ehsan RASSAEI, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran | Contact Author

International Journal of Language Studies, 13(4), [Article in Press]. Download PDF | Add Print to Cart

Metadiscourse, defined as discourse about discourse, has been borrowed from philosophy into applied linguistics and has evolved as a new area of research in this field. Although metadiscourse is a relatively new subfield in applied linguistics, it has been researched by a range of scholars around the world. The current paper reports the findings of a qualitative library research conducted to identify the functions and forms of metadiscursive hedging in applied linguistics. First, it defines the topic briefly and reviews the existing, but still burgeoning, literature on it. Then, it establishes an interface between fuzzy logic, linguistics, pragmatics, politeness, and applied linguistics. The paper concludes with a discussion of the future directions of research on metadiscursive hedging in applied linguistics.

Citation: Nekoueizadeh, M., Bavali, M., Bagheri, M. S., & Rassaei, E. (2019). On the functions and forms of metadiscursive hedging in applied linguistics. International Journal of Language Studies, 13(4), [Article in Press].

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