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|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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|Institution:||University of Southern Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy|
|Linguistic Subfield(s):||Applied Linguistics;|
|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.