Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Style, Mediation, and Change

Edited by Janus Mortensen, Nikolas Coupland, and Jacob Thogersen

Style, Mediation, and Change "Offers a coherent view of style as a unifying concept for the sociolinguistics of talking media."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Intonation and Prosodic Structure

By Caroline Féry

Intonation and Prosodic Structure "provides a state-of-the-art survey of intonation and prosodic structure."


The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2017 Fund Drive.

Academic Paper


Title: ‘Quality’ problems
Author: Brian Poole
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Abstract: How the polysemous nature of the word quality can cause problems for readers of articles on quality assurance in higher education. Scholarly literature on quality assurance in higher education will always run the risk of confusing or repelling non-specialist readers. That is inevitable since, by its nature, such literature often uses technical jargon in dealing with abstract concepts. Yet, a further and more fundamental problem exists, one that may not always be recognized by writers in the field: namely, that the word quality itself has different senses, combines with other words, with unusual semantic effects, and can function both as a noun and an adjective. These factors combine to increase the possibility that general readers may misconstrue key points in texts about quality.

CUP AT LINGUIST

This article appears IN English Today Vol. 21, Issue 4.

Return to TOC.

Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page