- Monday, March 23, 2009
- Published at:Amazine/Ezine online journals
Lexicography and poli-linguistics:
Obama's lopsided speech and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
It but axiomatic that the common trend in political discourse is to go beyond what is natural, common and marked to come up with effectively manipulated discourse. This article addresses the way politicians convey their attitudes towards a subject area by employing the lexical connotations of Dysphemism and Euphemism in reference to the entities under discussion (Hasegawa, 2002). For instance, if a politician favors a particular party, he tends to use euphemized expressions to support it. Euphemism is defined as an implicit mode that portrays the good face of an entity in a way that it seems positive. Fairclough (2004) states that you can "avoid calling a spade a spade" by using an emotively euphem
- Thursday, February 19, 2009
- "A little learning is a dangerous thing, drink deep or never taste the cup"
Excellence or even success in at English is a far-fetched goal. This is the opinion of so many students. They claim that they don't know how to read, write, speak and listen to English lectures. To pin it down, they repeat English for so many times to the extent that they see English as the monotonous motif that, supposedly, blocks their minds.
Students are asked to choose the best way to be at least good at English (reading, writing, and reading, listening and speaking skills). Most of the students have chosen the following methods:
1. Reading books and articles (to read correct English).
2. Learning vocabulary items by heart, and Chatting on the net with others. (To speak good English).
3. Taking lessons in grammar (to write good English).
These modes help students store information in the short t