Research Papers/Topics in Linguistics

Arabic-English Translation of Cultural Concepts by Students of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

ABSTRACT  The study investigated the constraints faced by Ugandan students in the translation of cultural concepts in Arabic and English and also into their local languages. The theory that grounded this research was Newmark’s theory (1988). The objectives of the study were to identify the difficulties in translating cultural concepts in Arabic/ English translation; to analyze the origin of the cultural concepts in the students’ local languages, and to determine the procedures for better...

The Potential of Non-Textbook Reading Materials in the Improvement of Reading Skills in Secondary Schools in Jigawa State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT  This academic research was carried out to assess the potential of non- textbook reading materials in the improvement of reading skills among learners in secondary schools in Jigawa state of Nigeria. Specifically, the study investigated the extent of teachers’ using non-textbook reading materials (i.e. Newspapers and Magazines) for improving reading skills in Jigawa State, Nigeria; the role of non-text book reading materials in the improvement of the learners’ reading skills in ...

Dialect Variation and Standardization: A Case Study of Fulfulde in Northern Nigeria

ABSTRACT [he study was concerned with the dialect variation and standardization of Fulfulde in ~4igeria. It was guided by three (3) objectives; to show lexical variation of Fulfulde in ~4igeria, to work out a proposal for standardization and to test the acceptability of the roposal to standardize Fulfulde in Nigeria. The study used cross sectional research design vith a sample size of 105 respondents. It also employed qualitative and quantitative echniques to analyze the collected data by use...

Assessment of Reading and Writing Proficiency in Lusoga Language in Lower Primary Schools in Kamuli District- Uganda

ABSTRACT  The study was based on the key issue of The Assessment of Reading and Writing Proficiency in Lusoga in the lower primary schools of Kamuli district . The study used both the qualitative and quantitative research methods. It employed a case study embodying an experimental design 100 pupils and 12 teachers were sampled and the findings were both qualitatively and quantatively analyzed. It was guided by three (3) objectives; the first objective of the research was to investigate the t...

Muundo Na Uamilifu Wa Kielezi Katika Kishazi Cha Kiswahili

ABSTRACT This research endevoured to analyse the structure and functions of the adverb in the Kiswahili clause. An adverb is a word used to modify a verb, an adjective or another adverb. It is an important part of speech because it conveys information about how things happen as well as when, where and to what extent. The adverb is also taught in both primary and secondary schools in Kenya as one of the categories of Kiswahili words. However, studies on analysis of the Kiswahili adverb ha...

Forms Of Politeness In Ekegusii: A Sociolinguistic Perspective

ABSTRACT This dissertation is a study focusing on the nature of talk in Ekegusii. It specifically analyzed the forms of politeness in Ekegusii, examining how Ekegusii varies depending on power relations and the context of usage. Samples of spoken Ekegusii, collected from at least four contexts were tape recorded, transcribed and analyzed in order to meet the following objectives: To identify the turns from the spoken excerpts, to describe the forms of politeness in the spoken excerpts, and t...

Adaptation Du Manuel Parlons Français À L’enseignement Du Français Au Kenya

ABSTRACT The introduction of Parlons Français as the first ever French course book published locally in Kenya for the teaching of French as a foreign language, having been a development that was a turning point in the history of French teaching in this country, our concern in this critical study was to examine the suitability of the course book to the situation in Kenya. Our assessment is that this first attempt to develop a course book for the teaching of French by local authors has largely...

Chuo Kikuu Cha Kenyatta Shule Ya Fani Na Sayansi Za Jamii Idara Ya Kiswahili

ABSTRACT This research evaluated the use of ideology in S. A. Mohamed’s novels to find out whether it impacts his works over a period of time. The study was informed by the fact that many critics tend to assume that the attitudes, thoughts and views of the writer are the same and stable all the time. Since at specific times, these attitudes, thoughts and views are informed by a certain ideology it was important to evaluate the ideologies of a writer for a longer period to see whether they r...

Changamoto Za Mikondo Mipya Ya Utunzi Wa Mashairi Ya Kiswahili: Mfano Wa Tunu Ya Ushairi

ABSTRACT This study investigated the challenges brought about by new stylistic perspectives in Kiswahili poetry. The main objective was to identify new stylistic perspectives in Kiswahili poetry, the settings which contributes to the new patterns of poetic compositions, and the challenges brought about by these new perspectives. In achieving the objectives of the study, the research was guided by the theory of stylistics which was expounded by among others Coombs (1953), Leech (1961). The stu...

Attitude Among Ekegusii Radio Listeners Towards Indirect Linguistic Sexist Expressions In Selected Egesa And Minto Fm Call- In Shows

ABSTRACT Significant achievements have been made by feminists in challenging direct linguistic sexism by suggesting progressive and alternative ways language can be used to positively represent women. However, this has not hindered sexist individuals from continuing with their discrimination against women. They have come up with ways of strategically drawing on language to indirectly do so. The purpose of this study was to investigate attitude among Ekegusii radio listeners towards indirect l...

Maudhui Na Mtindo Katika Ushairi Wa Watoto: Uchanganuzi Wa Utenzi Wa Haki Za Watoto Na Mashairi Bulbul

ABSTRACT Themes and styles are two aspects that complement each other in poetry. This reseach aims to show how these two aspects manifest themselves in selected collections of children’s Kiswahili poetry. To accomplish this, the reseacher utilized purposive sumpling to select the verses and stanzas that elicit various themes from selected anthologies. These anthlogies are, Utenzi wa Haki za Watoto (Abbas, 2003) and Mashairi Bulbul (Ahmed, 2010). The specific objectives of the reseach are: T...

Comparative Assessment Of Gender References In The Gìkùyù Language: A Study Of Selected Vernacular Gìkùyù Radio Stations

ABSTRACT Gender-based discrimination within the African traditional cultures has taken many forms. One of the relatively ill-addressed forms of gender-based discrimination in Kenya relates to the language and names used in reference to different genders. Language and its contribution towards the perpetuation of gender-based discrimination has been explored from a general perspective. This research sought to find out whether there is a consistent reduction in the use of derogatory terms agains...

An Assessment Of Instrumental And Integrative Orientations Among Learners Of English Language In Ward Secondary Schools: A Case Of Musoma And Butiama Districts

ABSTRACT For every action that someone does, desires a motivation and a goal for that action. Students in secondary schools when learning a foreign language should have good environment and an ample time to motivate them in order to fulfill their learning orientations. This study was focused on the assessment of instrumental and integrative orientations among learner of English language in ward secondary school in Musoma District and Butiama District. In addition, the study anticipated to di...

Effective Use Of Cohesive Devices In Essay Writing By Students At The State University Of Zanzibar

ABSTRACT  The main objective of this study was to investigate the effective use of cohesive devices in essay writing by undergraduate students particularly the second year students of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). The objectives of this study were: To examine the use of CDs by SUZA students in writing essays, to analyze appropriate and inappropriate use of Cohesive Devices in students‟ essays and to propose the techniques for improving students‟ ability in using cohesive devic...

Challenges Of The Language Used In Campaigns Against HIV/Aids: Bariadi District, In Tanzania

ABSTRACT The study generally investigates the Challenges of the Language used in Campaigns against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, using a case study of Bariadi district in Shinyanga region. The study examined the language used by campaigners against HIV/AIDS whether is understood by youths, addressed the views of youths on the language used in campaigns against HIV/AIDS and assessed the appropriateness of the language used in campaigns against the disease in the Tanzanian context. The researcher coll...


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