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Dissertation Information


Title: The Construction of Language Attitudes, English(es), and Identities in Written Accounts of Japanese Youths Add Dissertation
Author: Akihiro Saito Update Dissertation
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Degree Awarded: University of Southern Queensland , Doctor of Philosophy
Completed in:
2013
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Director(s): Shirley O'Neill
Warren Midgley

Abstract: This dissertation reports a study that explored the discursive construction
of language attitudes, Englishes, and language learners' identities in
written discourses. The data was elicited from a culturally amenable
writing mode called shoronbun (expository type essay) written by Japanese
college students. An analysis of their accounts revealed a range of
diverse, at times contested, meanings and images of the global language,
English. Identified in the construction of these images were attitudes as
evaluative practices and meticulous discursive moves to which the
participants resorted in pursuit of a tenable argumentative position in
concord with one's moral order.