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  • 1.
    Bogren, Sara
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Swedish Students’ Perceptions of and Attitudes toward Stereotypical Gender Images in Speech2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The research conducted within the linguistic subdiscipline of language and gender was carried out as early as in the 1970’s, when Lakoff (1975) identified nine main traits for female language. Based on Lakoff’s research, this project investigates Swedish students’ attitudes to and perceptions of gender stereotypes in speech. The aim of this study is to examine the attitudes and perceptions of the participants and to investigate if there has been a change in the way a speaker interprets a speech act in comparison to the 1970’s. A survey was carried out in order to be able to identify and elicit the attitudes and perceptions of stereotypical gender speech of the participants. The survey was based on the traits that Lakoff (1975) found to be typical for female speech. The survey consisted of a first part where the participant had to identify the gender of the speaker and a second part where the participants were asked about typical gender stereotypes in speech acts. The main finding was that Swedish students have a negative attitude toward filing individuals in categories based on their gender. In addition, it was found that the participants have unconscious prejudices toward both men and women based on learnt gender patterns. In conclusion, this study has shown the pattern that there has been an attitude change toward gender stereotypes since the 1970’s. However, it revealed that the students in Sweden participating in the study have a tendency to unconsciously apply gender stereotypes when interpreting a speech act. 

  • 2.
    Collantes, Sebastian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Scrutinizing the use of online data: A critical study of the use of online forum texts in research2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Internet has given researchers a convenient and accessible tool for collecting data. It enables researchers to find natural occurring language that gives them the opportunity to save time and partake of various advantages the Internet has to offer. Web forums are deep and complex message boards occupied by online communities. These web forums are a rich source for collecting naturally occurring language that can be used for various sorts of research. Several researchers have shown that these web forums have a generous amount of advantages when used as data (Yates, 1996; Hsiung, 2000; Joinson, 2001; Im & Chee, 2006; Newhagen & Rafaeli, 2006; Misoch, 2015). However, it is equally important to understand the nature of the flaws that web forum texts as data may have. The notion of anonymity and the overrepresentation of a certain demographic groups may mislead incautious researchers collecting data from web forums.

    This paper aims to analyse several research articles which uses web forum texts as data within two different disciplines, health and social care and linguistics, in addition to classifying them as either high-stakes or low-stakes research. The goal is to investigate how researchers handle possible limitations and risks of such data. Initial results showed that high-stakes are more thorough when discussing and reporting concerns regarding their data. Evidently, health and social care high-stakes research articles reported more concerns than linguistics research articles. Several recommendations based on these results were made in the end of the paper for researchers to use when conducting research based on web forum texts.

  • 3.
    Johansson, Karin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Young learners’ perceptions of and attitudes towards learning English during their first year of English L2 education: A comparative study conducted in rural and urban areas in Sweden2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates perceptions of and attitudes towards English second language [L2] acquisition among primary school pupils in rural and urban areas in Sweden. Sixteen children facing their first year of English L2 education took part in the study and all participants had been settled in the target area for more than 5 years. Data was collected through individual interviews with the children (Patton, 2002) and a parental questionnaire that was constructed for their respective parents. The interview questions were designed to elicit children’s perceptions of English L2 education and to allow expression of their attitudes towards learning the language.  The questionnaire was constructed to attain information about each child’s linguistic background and language exposure, and to identify patterns of external factors which could be traced in each child’s personal perception and attitude. The interviews provided information that confirmed a slight difference between the urban and rural children; the urban participants had a higher ability to picture a future English speaking self and showed evidence of a more positive attitude towards the importance of acquiring English. These results did not correspond with results from the questionnaire. However, parents’ level of education in correlation with their own views of the importance of English proficiency revealed a potential link with differing results found between the children. Overall, the majority of participants expressed awareness of the establishment of English as a lingua franca and emphasised its usefulness in Swedish society. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the study and working with children of a young age the results must be treated with caution.

  • 4.
    Kazemi, Ruholla
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Yod Variation in Australian English: A Sociolinguistic Investigation2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In various post-consonantal environments, the palatal glide /j/ has been subject to variation and change since the late 17th century. Retention, coalescence, and deletion of the glide respectively account for various pronunciations of the word due [dju:], [dʒu:], and [du:] in different dialects of English. Research in this area has often focused on internal motivations. However, the external motivations that regulate the practice of glide variants in the speech of different segments of communities have been a relatively recent area of investigation. Among other dialects, Australian English is one of the major varieties that has not been formally assessed in this area. Hence, the aim of this thesis has been to investigate possible associations between the glide variants and their emergence in the speech of 48 speakers of Australian English. The audio data for this study were 12 tokens pronounced by the speakers in wordlist, sentences, and a story, and were extracted from the AusTalk Corpus (Burnham, Cox et al., 2011). The results for separate analysis of social variables seem to indicate that the spread of different glide variants in the speech of speakers are mainly conditioned by age. The combination of the social variables shows that glide retention is most frequent in the speech of higher educated old individuals. By contrast, glide deletion seems to be almost non-existent in their speech while more frequent in the pronunciations of the young. Overall, glide coalescence is the most present and has the strongest stylistic consistency in the speech of individuals. Further details and possible reasons behind these observations are discussed in the work that follows.

  • 5.
    Turunen, Riina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    English Vocabulary Proficiency of Synonyms Applied to Semantic Fields in Swedish Upper Secondary School2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    This study investigates the lexical synonym proficiency within semantic fields, of Swedish upper secondary school students studying English 5, 6 and 7. English is a language with large lexica (Lightbown & Spada, 2013, p. 61). Therefore, it may be assumed that vocabulary proficiency is essential to master English. In this study, vocabulary knowledge is highlighted as a fundamental factor in second language acquisition. Since the English lexicon contains many synonyms, the suggestion of learning synonyms in semantic fields to enhance vocabulary proficiency is explored. Paradigmatic semantic field theory is utilized as the framework for this study, since it supports structuring the lexicon by paradigmatic semantic relations, in this case synonymy. This study investigates empirical data from vocabulary tests and questionnaires to achieve perception concerning lexical synonym proficiency within the semantic fields of physical world, sense perception, social relations, religion & beliefs and emotion. From the five selected semantic fields, students know most synonyms within social relations and least synonyms within religion & beliefs and emotion. The results from the questionnaires reveal that the students from all tested groups agree to some extent that learning new words in semantic fields is helpful. In this study, testing and learning synonyms in semantic fields is suggested to assess and enhance vocabulary proficiency of Swedish upper secondary school students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

     

    Keywords

    Vocabulary Proficiency, Synonyms, Semantic Field, Paradigmatic Semantic Field Theory, Swedish Upper Secondary School, Second Language Acquisition.

  • 6.
    Törnqvist, Jennifer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    Using Coh-Metrix to investigate changes in student texts: Comparing student writing from 1999 and 20092015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates Swedish students’ texts from two time periods: 1999 and 2009, in search of cohesive evidence indicating a change of quality influenced by the development of the Internet. The method used in this study is the application of a computational tool that provides measures of language and discourse called Coh-Metrix, which provides measures along several cohesion variables, including word concreteness, deep cohesion, verb cohesion and lexical diversity. The results showed that the student texts from 2009 had higher lexical diversity, suggesting a larger vocabulary, which is closely connected to text quality. The results also showed a higher use of deep cohesion in the texts from 2009, which suggest that the writers know how to use connectives. In contrast, the student texts from 1999 showed a higher use of verb cohesion, suggesting the texts being written in a more narrative style, which is often connected to younger students. By using Coh-Metrix to study evidence of cohesion, this study could contribute with relevant findings about how students’ written English has changed over a period of time. 

  • 7.
    Ullenius, Susanne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
    L2 and L1 repairs: Speech production in a comparative perspective2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    I investigated and compared L2 and L1 speech errors and repairs. A speech error may be defined as a linguistic item that is partially or wholly articulated but disagrees with the speaker’s desired communicative intention. A self-repair usually comprises a speech error, a self-interruption, and a repair. Repairs reveal information about the speech production process and in particular about the monitoring component. Errors and repairs were collected from 24 L1 and L2 English speakers who were audio recorded while describing patterns of multi-coloured interconnected nodes. The methodology is a modified version of Levelt’s (1982; 1983) methodology in his study of L1 Dutch speakers, and his results are incorporated in the analysis section for comparison purposes. The hypothesis that L2 speakers produce more repairs than L1 speakers was confirmed. The hypothesis that they produce more lexical errors and less appropriateness errors compared to L1 speakers was confirmed in relation to the English L1 group but not in relation to Levelt’s Dutch L1 group. The hypothesis that L2 speakers leave a larger proportion of their lexical errors unrepaired was not confirmed. The significant differences in numbers and types of errors between the L1 and the L2 data may be related to Paradis’s (2009) theory of declarative knowledge and procedural competence, which entails a higher demand on attentional resources during L2 production. Data may be influenced by methodological inconsistencies, and may also be too small to generalise upon. 

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