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Letter To The President: Longitudinal Critical Discourse Analysis Of Academic And Hip Hop Genres In A Rap Narrative Program, Debangshu Roygardner 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Letter To The President: Longitudinal Critical Discourse Analysis Of Academic And Hip Hop Genres In A Rap Narrative Program, Debangshu Roygardner

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The objective of this study was to examine an in-school rap narrative workshop through critical discourse theory (Bamberg, 2012; Daiute, 2014). Twelve youth from a public school serving youth in urban Houston, TX were recruited from an in-school and after-school Hip hop/Rap narrative program to participate in a two-year cohort research study. The primary research question guiding the study was “How do young people participating in a school-based Hip hop/Rap program use a wide range of narrative genres for literacy and psycho-social development over two years in the program?”

The data-intensive study involved assessments of literacy and psycho-social ...


Effects Of Multimedia Instruction On L2 Acquisition Of High-Level, Low-Frequency English Vocabulary Words, Euna Cho 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Effects Of Multimedia Instruction On L2 Acquisition Of High-Level, Low-Frequency English Vocabulary Words, Euna Cho

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The present study examined the effects of multimedia enhancement in video form in addition to textual information on L2 vocabulary instruction for high-level, low-frequency English words among Korean learners of English. Although input-based incidental learning of L2 vocabulary through extensive reading has been conventionally believed to be appropriate for high-frequency words, intentional or explicit vocabulary learning is suggested to be more sensible or realistic for the acquisition of low-frequency academic words. Multimedia support in foreign language instruction has revealed benefits in promoting direct teaching and explicit learning of L2 vocabulary; moreover, adding textual information to video seems to boost students ...


Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance As A Site For Adolescent Social-Emotional And Political Development, Lauren M. Roygardner 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance As A Site For Adolescent Social-Emotional And Political Development, Lauren M. Roygardner

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This exploratory study employed qualitative methodology, specifically values analysis, to learn more about how being involved within Hip hop dance communities positively relates to adolescent development. Adolescence was defined herein as ages 13-23. The study investigated Hip hop dance communities in terms of cultural expertise (i.e. novice, intermediate and advanced/expert) to look specifically at dance narratives (i.e. peak experience narratives and “I dance because” essays) and hip hop dance performances. The primary purpose of this dissertation was to (1) explore how adolescents use multimodal Hip hop dance discourse for social-emotional development and critical consciousness, and to (2 ...


Report-Talk And The Alienation Of Women In Dungeons & Dragons, Alexandra Chace 2017 Georgia State University

Report-Talk And The Alienation Of Women In Dungeons & Dragons, Alexandra Chace

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


The Validity Of A Holistic Scoring Rubric For Short Constructed Responses, Joanne Wu 2017 Georgia State University

The Validity Of A Holistic Scoring Rubric For Short Constructed Responses, Joanne Wu

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


The Suzuki Method: Influences Of Shinichi Suzuki On Japanese Music Education, Moriah L. Richards 2017 Liberty University

The Suzuki Method: Influences Of Shinichi Suzuki On Japanese Music Education, Moriah L. Richards

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis will study the history of Japanese music education philosophies and pedagogy techniques. Specific focus has been given to the music education methods and philosophies of renowned Japanese music educator, Shinichi Suzuki. Suzuki’s views on the learning processes of children have greatly impacted the field of music education. Suzuki held the belief that the language acquisition process and the learning processes of children were intricately connected. He spent years applying his research to the field of music education. His resulting pedagogy techniques are now known as the Suzuki Method. The Suzuki Method, which has been adapted in various ...


Lexemes, Practs, And Those Who Have Yet To Decide, Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan 2017 Iranian Institute for Encyclopedia Research

Lexemes, Practs, And Those Who Have Yet To Decide, Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

Mey’s (2001) action-theoretic societal pragmatics known as pragmatic act theory nurtures the idea that the explanatory movement in pragmatic theories should go from the outside in (i.e., from actual situational contexts into prior contexts encoded in the utterances used). Kecskes’ (2010, 2013) socio-cognitive approach challenges Mey’s position, and argues that the explanatory movement should go in both directions: from the outside in and from the inside out. To challenge Mey’s view and to nurture his own position, Kecskes resorts to a dialectical socio-cognitive perspective on human communication (Kecskes, 2003, 2008), and uses situation-bound utterances as evidence ...


Drama For Social Justice: Embodying Identity And Emotion In Elt, Riah Werner 2017 SIT Graduate Institute

Drama For Social Justice: Embodying Identity And Emotion In Elt, Riah Werner

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In this thesis, the author makes the case that drama is a powerful tool for language acquisition because it develops and engages embodiment, emotion and identity, important aspect of learning and communication that are often neglected in traditional language classrooms. The thesis establishes a theoretical foundation for the use of drama in the social justice-oriented language classroom, reviews research on drama for language learning and describes common drama techniques. The author connects the theories of embodied cognition and multiliteracies to an intersectional model of identity and argues that drama helps students re-examine the way society positions them based on their ...


Loneliness In Pepperdine Students, Brandon VanDyke, Haley St Martin, Ayelen Lee 2017 Pepperdine University

Loneliness In Pepperdine Students, Brandon Vandyke, Haley St Martin, Ayelen Lee

Seaver College Research And Scholarly Achievement Symposium

No abstract provided.


Insertion Of Glottal Stops Before Word-Final Voiceless Stops In English, Alyssa Flower 2017 Kent State University

Insertion Of Glottal Stops Before Word-Final Voiceless Stops In English, Alyssa Flower

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Limited research has been conducted on the occurrence of glottal stops, a vocal phenomenon that creates a “creaky voice quality,” in American English (Pierrehumbert, 1995, p. 39). Glottal stops are considered to be voiceless allophones, meaning that there is no vocal fold vibration and they can replace the stops /p t k/ within a word without changing the meaning of that word. The current study focused on finding the most facilitative contexts for the insertion of glottal stops for word-final voiceless stops /p t k/ in English read sentences in Northeast Ohio. Facilitative contexts are specific vowels and consonants surrounding ...


In Memoriam: Jonathan Kablan L. Burmeister, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

In Memoriam: Jonathan Kablan L. Burmeister, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

No abstract provided.


The New Paradigm In Tone Analysis: The Contribution Of The Critical Band Theory, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

The New Paradigm In Tone Analysis: The Contribution Of The Critical Band Theory, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

The vast majority of African linguists still rely on their naked ears to determine pitch registers and tone rules. In recent years, timid efforts have been made by some to complement their impressionistic analyses with acoustic phonetic measurements. Yet, they still interpret the acoustic data impressionistically. In this paper, I propose a new approach based on the Critical Band Theory (CBT). This theory was pioneered by Physicist Harvey Fletcher who postulated on the basis of mathematical calculations that the basilar membrane compartmentalizes speech signals into frequency bands. He demonstrated this in various experiments that culminated in his seminal paper, Auditory ...


Person Resolution Agreement In L2 Compositions: Native Arabic Writers In An L2 English, Jon Cotner 2017 St Cloud State University

Person Resolution Agreement In L2 Compositions: Native Arabic Writers In An L2 English, Jon Cotner

Linguistic Portfolios

Resolution rules are syntactic parameters that regulate the proper agreement of phi-features (person, number, and gender) between a noun/noun phrase and a verb phrase within a grammatical language system. One of the facets of the primary study, of which this paper is an excerpt, examines L2 English compositions written by native Arabic speakers and investigates whether students transfer person phi-feature agreement patterns from their L1 to their L2. The findings discussed in this paper reveal agreement errors in the application of person resolution rules, and the majority of these person agreement errors are found in indefinite pronoun constructions.


An Acoustic Phonetic Account Of The Production Of Word-Final /Z/S In Central Minnesota English, Cassy Lundy, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

An Acoustic Phonetic Account Of The Production Of Word-Final /Z/S In Central Minnesota English, Cassy Lundy, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

Fromkin et al. (2014:278) hypothesize that word-final /z/s are devoiced when they are inflectional suffixes, but non-morphemic /z/s are not devoiced. To date, no known study has tested this hypothesis for any English dialect. The present study tests this hypothesis in Central Minnesota English (CMNE) by making use of five acoustic correlates: F0, center of gravity (CoG), intensity, duration, and the 40/60 Threshold. Nine participants, five males and four females, produced 17 words containing word-final /z/s. The findings reported in this study are based on 765 acoustic tokens (17 x 9 x 5). Overall, the ...


The Acoustic Correlates Of Fricatives In Whispered Speech: An Idiolectal Analysis, Joshua Wallin, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

The Acoustic Correlates Of Fricatives In Whispered Speech: An Idiolectal Analysis, Joshua Wallin, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

The purpose of this paper is to provide examples of phonetic transcriptions using acoustical data and analyze the pronunciation of fricatives in running speech. Using Praat—a phonetic analysis program—and voice recordings, a (slightly modified) standardized script was accurately transcribed into IPA, the International Phonetic Alphabet. Using the same data, an in-depth analysis on fricatives of a native speaker of General American English (GAE) showed the speaker whispered during the recordings. This is supported by numerical data of several acoustic correlates, the primary correlates being intensity and voicing. The intensity of all fricatives was lower than a standard GAE ...


The Acoustic Vowel Space Of A North Dakota English Idiolect: Comparison With Three Dialects, Molly Sand, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

The Acoustic Vowel Space Of A North Dakota English Idiolect: Comparison With Three Dialects, Molly Sand, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

The focus of this study is on the acoustic vowel space of one female speaker’s (the second author) idiolect compared to General American English (GAE), Midwest English (MWE), and Central Minnesota English (CMNE). The test items are . Each word was repeated three times. Each repetition was measured for F0, F1, F2, F3, intensity, and duration. Acoustic vowel spaces are created in which Sand’s vowels are compared with GAE, MWE, and CMNE vowels. F1 and F2 are also compared to determine the extent to which Sand’s vowels are similar, or different from the three dialects under consideration.


The Acoustics Of Coda Devoicing In A Central Minnesota English Idiolect, Alex Hennen, Ettien Koffi 2017 St. Cloud State University

The Acoustics Of Coda Devoicing In A Central Minnesota English Idiolect, Alex Hennen, Ettien Koffi

Linguistic Portfolios

In many languages, voiced segments that occur in syllable codas are systematically devoiced. This article examines coda devoicing in an idiolect of a Central Minnesota speaker of American English. The consonants under investigation are voiced fricatives, voiced stops, and the voiced affricate /dʒ/. The 40/60 threshold proposed by Gradoville (2011) is used as the limen to discriminate between voiced and devoiced consonants in syllable codas.


L2 English Pronunciation Assessment Based On Social Network Analysis And The I+1 Input Hypothesis, Ettien Koffi, Patrick Ridpath, Thana Al Jumaah, Aizhan Arapova, Karla Huezo Herrera, Joel Pena Coreas 2017 St. Cloud State University

L2 English Pronunciation Assessment Based On Social Network Analysis And The I+1 Input Hypothesis, Ettien Koffi, Patrick Ridpath, Thana Al Jumaah, Aizhan Arapova, Karla Huezo Herrera, Joel Pena Coreas

Linguistic Portfolios

An individual’s social network is a very important source of linguistic of input. In this paper, we focus mainly on the linguistic input that students who are non-native speakers of English receive while studying at St. Cloud State University. The university has 15,092 students, including 1,374 internationals, from eighty-nine countries 2 . We investigate the social network of five international students to see how much linguistic input they receive outside of normal instructional hours and if this input has any impact whatsoever on their pronunciation of English vowels. The five interact with 20 people in their social networks ...


The Acoustic Correlates Of The Voiceless Palatal Fricative [Ʃ] In Central Minnesota English, Ettien Koffi, Maria Bloch 2017 St. Cloud State University

The Acoustic Correlates Of The Voiceless Palatal Fricative [Ʃ] In Central Minnesota English, Ettien Koffi, Maria Bloch

Linguistic Portfolios

Fricatives are found in all world languages (Maddieson 1984:41). Similarities in mouth geometry and in their aerodynamic characteristics have made them the favorite segments for testing claims about universals of phonetic features. Yet, there is important interspeaker variability even within the same language (Ladefoged and Maddieson 1996:139). In this paper we investigate the voiceless sibilant fricative [ʃ] produced by Central Minnesota English (CMNE) speakers to see how similar and yet different it is from those produced by speakers of other dialects of General American English (GAE). We extend the comparisons to sibilants in some non-Western languages. The acoustic ...


Somali Verb Conjugation Paradigms: Present, Past, And Future, Ettien Koffi, Shukria Omar, Hassan Yussuf, Dahir Mohamed 2017 St. Cloud State University

Somali Verb Conjugation Paradigms: Present, Past, And Future, Ettien Koffi, Shukria Omar, Hassan Yussuf, Dahir Mohamed

Linguistic Portfolios

Somali combines tense, aspect, mood, voice, persons, and number in an extraordinarily complex way to conjugate verbs. Our goal in this paper is simply to give an overview of Somali conjugation system so that teachers can use it as a point of reference in teaching English to Somali learners. Minnesota is home to a large immigrant population. However, there is a paucity of materials on Somali. We hope that to this paper fulfills a pedagogical need by highlighting areas of similarities and differences between Somali and English verb conjugation in the present, past, and future tenses. The paradigms are based ...


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