Constructing and reinforcing political identities through rhetorical questions - an analysis of Mitt Romney’s campaign speeches in the 2012 US presidential election
[Book notes] : Review of M. A. K. Halliday & Jonathan J. Webster, Continuum companion to systemic functional linguistics. London: Continuum, 2010. Pp. viii, 299. Hb. $150, Pb. $49.95
Gender and conversational dominance in Japanese conversation
A number of studies have been conducted on “dominance” as reflected in spoken interactional features, most of which deal with English. Many of these studies adopt a quantitative approach, examining...
Variation and merger of the rising tones in Hong Kong Cantonese
Two male speakers of Hong Kong Cantonese varied the endpoints of High Rising and Mid-Low Rising tones and merged them in both directions under experimental conditions. The variation and merger of t...
A corpus study of bank financial analyst reports : semantic fields and metaphors
This corpus-based study compares financial analyst reports, collected during the Eurozone financial crisis in 2011, of the BNP Paribas and Bank of China (Hong Kong), which differ in corporate histo...
A multimodal study of bank websites
As technology advances, banks promote their products and services on the Internet. Yet there has been little research on the genre of bank websites in marketing contexts. This study, focusing on th...
Hedges and intensifiers used by the former financial secretary in Hong Kong
This study examines the types, frequencies and functions of hedges and intensifiers used by a Hong Kong former Financial Secretary (FS) in all his public speeches from 2003-2007. Hedges are defined...
Construing experience in tourism discourse : a corpus-based study of transitivity system
The general aim of the present study was to investigate how the two fundamental experiences in tourism industry- image creation and image maintenance -- are construed through meaning by means of sc...
Concgramming : a computer driven approach to learning the phraseology of English
This study introduces a new computer-based methodology, ‘concgramming’, that has as its primary aim the automatic identification of the phraseological profile and hence the ‘aboutness’, of a text o...
Use of the first person pronoun ngo⁵dei⁶ and evasion in political discourse in Hong Kong
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‘What the _?’ On the use of ellipsis and silence in sarcastic media and electoral discourse in Hong Kong
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On the emergence of finite structures from non-finite constructions : evidence from ‘say’ constructions in Japanese
In this paper, we will examine how some ‘say’ constructions in Japanese develop finite structures from non-finite ones. Diachronic data for our analysis come from the Taikei Honbun Database based o...
Valence-changing phenomena and stance marking in Chinese : on the development of 共 in Classical Chinese and Southern Min
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Clause-medial particles and stance-marking in Cantonese
Speakers have various linguistic resources at their disposal to express their stance, e.g. their feelings, viewpoints, evaluations and attitude. It is well known that Cantonese has a rich inventory...
'Ladders for climbing up or jumping off?’ On the interpretation of metaphors in political discourse in Hong Kong
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Visual metaphors and the construction of political identities : an analysis of the 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council Election
Metaphors are pervasive in political discourse (Semino & Masci 1996; Kuo 2003; Lu & Ahrens 2008; Taskona 2009), in large part because they help convey complex and abstract concepts such as national...
"Did Obamacare encourage business to hire more people?" - an analysis of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s use of rhetorical questions in the 2012 US presidential election campaign
This study examines how the use of rhetorical questions (RQs) by presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election varies depending on the target audience, i...
An analysis of the use of rhetorical questions in the 2012 Legislative Council election debates in Hong Kong
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"Did Obamacare create new jobs?" - an analysis of Mitt Romney’s use of rhetorical questions in the 2012 US presidential election campaign
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The long march to biliteracy and trilingualism : language policy in Hong Kong education since the handover
Since the handover, policymakers in Hong Kong have faced the daunting task of determining the educational roles of two major international languages (Putonghua and English), as well as a vibrant lo...
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