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  • 801.
    Willander, Martin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Reflektion genom interaktion: En analys av förbindelsen mellan spelarens moraliska handlingar och karaktärernas utveckling i tv/datorspelet Dragon Age: Origins.2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to investigate the function and development of non-player characters (NPC) in the TV/computer game Dragon Age: Origins. The NPCs are analysed in order to see if their development is affected by the player character’s (PC) background and interactions. The game’s ethics is also investigated by studying how the NPCs treat the PC and what significance they give to his background and actions.

    The results show that the NPCs are affected by the PC’s interactions, and furthermore, that they are round characters, which is unusual in TV/computer games. The NPC Alistair and the PC are vital for the game’s story, while the NPCs Leliana and Morrigan have a moral and psychological function. The NPCs are moral indicators and by either opposing or accepting the PC’s actions they show their own personality. The game’s norm is created by the player/PC. Also, the game sheds light on the player’s moral actions and gives the player a chance to reflect over his/her choices and the consequences thereof.

    The results give way to a discussion on how games like Dragon Age: Origins can be used in learning. Through interactions and by letting the player project his/her own identity onto the PC, TV/computer games can show the consequences of actions. Since the player is not only told the story, but ‘lives’ it, the moral choices faced in the game make the player practice being responsible and facing moral dilemmas as if in real life, hence enriched by new experiences.

  • 802.
    Williams, Bobby
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Purple Identity: A study of identity changes in the novel The Color Purple2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis attempts to bring up the concepts of identity changes in Alice Walkers book TheColor Purple, which is set during the 1930s in the Southern parts of the United States, whereblack people were oppressed by white Americans. The study shows that the protagonist Celie,a black young girl, adopts different identities due to stages of her life and the peoplesurrounding her. It is shown that Celie’s identity changes occur in different stages throughouther life, Childhood, Wifehood, Segregation and Sisterhood. This is due to her lack ofknowledge about life in general, and her idea that other people make one’s identity. It is foundthat Celie, when meeting a strong black woman, discovers that identity is never made byothers, but people around you can influence and guide your search for identity.

  • 803.
    Winkler, Carina
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Örskog, Liselotte
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Sagan som arbetsmaterial: förutsättningar och möjligheter2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 804.
    Wirdelöv, Irene
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Balancing on the pathetic tightrope: Att balansera på den patetiska linan2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    In my ambition to improve my writing and reflect upon the way I express myself I am, in this paper, going to study the purport of the term pathetic. I do this by inquiring what lexicon and dictionaries say about the term and by studying how the word can be used in present time. I apply the contemporary usage of the term pathetic to my own text and then adapt my text from how the term is used in our time. By doing this I clarify to myself how I look at my own literary style, what I want my writing to be like and how the progress in my composing is developing. According to the interpretations I have done, I find meanings like “ridiculous” and meanings which have to do with strong emotions as well. It is between these meanings the importance of the term pathetic can be seen – the aspiration of being emotional without crossing the line to the ridiculous becomes a part of my further texts. This paper also elucidates the way memories make us emotional, which has given me new ideas about writing, both stylistically and from the point of view of content. Furthermore, my conclusions can be used to analyze my prospective writing. In summary it is all about being able to balance on the pathetic tightrope.

     

  • 805.
    Witt, Marianne
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Passivkonstruktionen in der akademischen Sprache: am Beispiel einer Übersetzung aus dem Deutschen ins Schwedische2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Academic scientific language is characterized by an impersonal and objective style. Due to this and the typical high information density of academic language, this style typically contains a high rate of noun phrases and passive structures. This is also true for the German scientific study Gefühlte Opfer, Illusionen der Vergangenheitsbewältigung by Ulrike Jureit and Christian Schneider.

    The first aim of this essay was to translate one chapter from the aforementioned book into Swedish and adapt the target language to culturally match a reader who would appreciate a text on German post-war history and sociology. The second aim was to quantify and analyse all occurrences of passive voice and similar structures. More specifically, the following research questions were investigated: How is the passive formed in the source and target language respectively? How often is a corresponding passive used in the translation? How often is a passive sentence translated into an active structure?

    There are many different ways of expressing the passive in German: the so-called Vorgangspassiv featuring the auxiliary werden, the so-called Zustandspassiv with sein, and finally passive-like constructions. There are corresponding ways to form the passive in Swedish, that is, structures with the auxiliaries bli and vara, but the more common way to express the passive voice is the morphological s-passive. Passive-like constructions can be found in Swedish as well.

    The most common passive structure in the source text, the werden-passive, was in most cases translated into the typical Swedish s-passive. The sein-passive was more often translated into a similar structure in the target text. All in all, almost a third of the passive voice sentences were translated into active structures.

    Keywords: translation, passive voice, academic language

  • 806.
    Ydrefors, Kerstin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Österländsk prakt eller västerländsk norm?: Tusen och en natt ur ett jämförande europeiskt perspektiv2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to examine the collection One Thousand and One Nights (also: The Arabian Nights) from a european perspective, by comparing different european translations. The study focuses on three translations into Swedish from different periods of time and how the tales have changed in the translation process - depending on the prevailing line of approach and Western perceptions of Eastern standards. The thesis of the study is that Eastern culture, from a Western perspective, has been seen as exotic and different but not as a high literary culture and that this view has affected the translations into european languages. The study shows, among other things, that Western culture is many times considered normative in the translations and that the translators often give their own voices a prominent role, also that common Western notions of the East affects the translations.

    The word ”orientalism” is used frequently in the study and it refers primarily to the image of the Orient as it is described in Edward Saids' book Orientalism: as a Western construction whose main purpose is to strengthen its own conception of the Orient and thereby strengthen the Western identity as better than the Orient. The study shows, with basis in Saids' Orientalism, that the translation of One Thousand and One Nights often serves as a filter for Western beliefs and a fulfillment of expectations that already exist.

  • 807.
    Ysberg, Katrin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    En ny cykel av Screwball: När klassiska konventioner används i nya filmer2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här uppsatsen undersöks dagens romantiska Hollywoodkomedier och deras koppling till 1930- 40-talets screwballkomedier. The Proposal (2009), The Ugly Truth (2009), Leap Year (2010), samt What Happens in Vegas (2008) analyseras i syfte att urskilja likheter och skillnader dem emellan och för att urskilja en ny cykel av filmer. Det här är en genrestudie med fokus på konventioner och teman som tas upp genom tidigare forskning samt genom analys av de valda filmerna, och genom att diskutera filmernas koppling till samhället sätts genren i ett bredare perspektiv.

  • 808.
    Zandelin, Malin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Blogg + Svenska = SANT?: Bloggande i undervisningen i svenska på gymnasiet2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    In this text the attitudes towards and using of blogs in teaching Swedish to

    teenagers will be explored. The results are based on a survey made amongst 17

    teachers and 58 students from all over Sweden. The end results show that the

    usage of blog still hasn’t found a permanent way into the classrooms, but has an

    appeal to and is being used by predominantly younger teachers both, male and

    female, with a positive response from students regardless of gender. The

    conclusion is that using web tools like the blog is an easy first step for schools to

    connect to the digital society of the 21

    stcentury and take advantage of the perks

    available in the digital classroom.

    Svensk titel:

    Blogg + Svenska =Sant? – Bloggande i undervisningen i svenska.

    Engelsk titel:

    Blog + Swedish =True? – Blogging in teaching Swedish.

    Ämnesord: Blog, Web 2.0, digitalt klassrum, svenska, undervisning,

    kompetensutveckling

  • 809.
    Zdjelar, Marija
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Avkodning hos vuxna läsinlärare med somaliska som modersmål2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här uppsatsen undersöker avkodning hos vuxna läsinlärare med somaliska som modersmål. Den teoretiska utgångspunkten för uppsatsen har varit forskning om barns läsutveckling beroende på att forskning om vuxnas läsinlärning fortfarande är begränsad. Uppsatsens hypotes är att vuxna med somaliska som modersmål som lär sig läsa svenska följer liknande stegring i svårighetsnivåer när det gäller avkodning som barn som lär sig läsa svenska. Avkodning har undersökts med hjälp av ett avkodningstest innehållande sex ordgrupper med tio ord i varje grupp. Orden är grupperade utifrån deras stavelsestruktur. Avkodningsförmågan har testats hos nio informanter med somaliska som modersmål, samtliga deltagare i läs- och skrivinlärningen. 

    Resultatet visar att det finns skillnad i avkodning av ord med konsonantförbindelser jäm­fört med avkodning av ord utan konsonantförbindelser. Antal rätt avkodade ord sjunker på­tagligt hos alla informanter i ordgrupper med konsonantförbindelser. Däremot har inte stavel­sestrukturer i ord utan konsonantförbindelser någon större påverkan på avkodningsfram­gången.

  • 810.
    Zetterberg, Barbro
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Skatteverkets skriftliga bemötande: En fallstudie av ett bra skriftligt bemötande i momsbeslut2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här studien undersöker om närvaron av några utvalda textdrag i tre omskrivna textversioner har betydelse för hur väl mottagarna känner sig bemötta, jämfört med i tre momsbeslut från Skatteverket där dessa textdrag saknas. Syftet med studien är att studera om myndighetsmakt går att förena med ett bra skriftligt bemötande. Studien har genomförts genom intervjuer där informanterna, tre företagare och tre skattetjänstemän, fick ta ställning till originaltexten från Skatteverket och en omskriven textversion. Intervjuerna har analyserats med hjälp av Hellspong och Ledins analysmodell på interpersonell och ideationell nivå.  Resultatet visar att både företagarna och skattetjänstemännen pekar ut de utvalda textdragen (direkt tilltal, dialog, förståelse för mottagarens situation, förklara beslutet pedagogiskt och be om ursäkt om något blivit fel) som betydelsefulla för ett bra bemötande. Resultatet tyder på att det går att förena myndighetsmakt med ett bra skriftligt bemötande genom att använda de utvalda textdragen i myndighetsbesluten.

  • 811.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Detection of imitated voices: who are reliable earwitnesses?2010In: International Journal of Speech Language and The Law, ISSN 1748-8885, E-ISSN 1748-8893, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 25-44Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 812.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Allwood, Carl Martin
    Sarwar, Farhan
    Earwitnesses: The effect of type of voice lineup in identificatin accuraty and the realism in confidence judgments2010In: Working Papers 54, Proceedings Fonetik 2010, 2010, p. 113-118Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 813.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Sarwar, Farhan
    Psykologi, Lunds universitet.
    Thorvaldsson, Valgeir
    Psykologi, Lunds universitet.
    Allwood, Carl Martin
    Psykologi, Göteborgs universitet.
    Earwitnesses: The effect of type of vocal differences on correct identification and confidence accuracy2012In: The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, ISSN 1748-8885, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 219-237Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Individual voice and speech characteristics are important for earwitness identification. A target-absent line-up with six foils was used to analyse the influence of voice andspeech features on recognition. To create ecologically valid conditions for voice recognition,the present study used voices in conversation in the target event and for the foils.The participants were particularly successful in rejecting the two voice foils that weremost dissimilar to the target voice in articulation rate and pitch. These two foils werealso given somewhat higher confidence judgments than the other foils, although the levelof that confidence was still somewhat low. In fact, participants as a collective wereunderconfident for these two foils but were overconfident for the other foils. In addition,they showed somewhat better ability in their confidence judgments to distinguish correctand incorrect responses for the two most dissimilar foils than for the four foils for whichtheir identification responses were less successful. For the other four foils, which weremore similar to the target voice, the participants showed in their confidence judgmentsvery poor ability to distinguish between correct and incorrect identifications. Laterpositions in the parade were more often (erroneously) identified as the culprit, regardlessof the specific foils used in those positions.

  • 814.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Tronnier, Mechtild
    Lunds universitet.
    Teaching pronunciation in Swedish as a second language.2011In: Proceedings Fonetik 2011, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 815.
    Zetterholm, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Tronnier, Mechtild
    Språk- och litteraturcentrum Lunds universitet.
    The Pronunciation of Somali-Accented Swedish2012In: Proceedings from Fonetik 2012: The XXVth Swedish Phonetics Conference May 30–June 1, 2012 / [ed] Anders Eriksson & Åsa Abelin, Göteborg: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Göteborgs universitet , 2012, , p. 4p. 93-96Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The numbers of Somali immigrants in Swedenhas increased during the last years and there isa need of more competence for teachingSwedish as a second language to thisgroup.Star This paper investigates aspects ofdifficulties in the pronunciation of Swedish forSomali speakers. Recordings of two Somalispeakers living in Sweden have been analyzedand it is obvious that there are pronunciationdifferences between Somali-accented Swedishand standard Swedish depending on thephonology in the two languages.

  • 816. Zinsmeister, Heike
    et al.
    Reznicek, Marc
    Brede, Julia Ricart
    Rosén, Christina
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Skiba, Dirk
    Das Wissenschaftliche Netzwerk „Kobalt-DaF“: Korpusbasierte Analyse von Lernertexten für Deutsch als Fremdsprache2012Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 817.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Art is born on the border of taboo: Vilgot Sjöman in Hollywood2011In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 159-162Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 818.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Astrid Lindgren2012In: Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema / [ed] John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson, Olof Hedling, Gunnar Iversen and Birgir Thor Møller, Lanham, Toronto, Plymouth UK: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 1, p. 254-255Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 819.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Children's films, Sweden2012In: Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema / [ed] John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson, Olof Hedling, Gunnar Iversen and Birgir Thor Møller, Lanham, Toronto, Plymouth UK: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 1, p. 102-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 820.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Olle Hellbom2012In: Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema / [ed] John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson, Olof Hedling, Gunnar Iversen and Birgir Thor Møller, Lanham, Toronto, Plymouth UK: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 1, p. 196-196Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 821.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Remaking the National Past: The Uses of Nostalgia in the Astrid Lindgren Films of the 1980s and 1990s2011In: Beyond Pippi Longstocking: Intermedial and International Aspects of Astrid Lindgren's Works / [ed] Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer & Astrid Surmatz, New York & London: Routledge, 2011, 1, p. 73-86Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 822.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Saltkråkan som TV-serie, bok och film2011In: Starkast i världen!: Att arbeta med Astrid Lindgrens författarskap i skolan / [ed] Helene Ehriander & Maria Nilsson, Lund: BTJ Förlag , 2011, p. 152-163Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 823.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Seacrow Island: Mediating Arcadian Space in the Folkhem Era and Beyond2010In: Regional Aesthetics: Locating Swedish Media / [ed] Erik Hedling, Olof Hedling & Mats Jönsson, Stokholm: National Library of Sweden , 2010, p. 125-140Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 824.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    The Reception of Vilgot Sjöman's Curious films2010In: Swedish Film: An Introduction and Reader / [ed] Mariah Larsson & Anders Marklund, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2010, 1, p. 243-255Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 825.
    Åberg, Anders
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Vilgot Sjöman2012In: Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema / [ed] John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson, Olof Hedling, Gunnar Iversen and Thor Møller, Lanham, Toronto, Plymouth UK: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 1, p. 345-346Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 826.
    Åberg, Anders
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Bergström, Åsa
    Från rännsten till förort: Etnicitet, klass och könsroller i tre svenska barnfilmsmelodramer 1944–20062012In: Barnlitteraturens värden och värderingar / [ed] Sara Kärrholm och Paul Tenngart, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2012, 1, p. 289-314Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 827.
    Åberg, Samuel
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Could We Not Have Just Left Them Alone?: A Postcolonial Reading of Horus Rising2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay is the result of a study on the science fiction novel Horus Rising, by Dan Abnett, which is set in the universe of the Warhammer 40 000 franchise. In the novel, the human Imperium is engaged in a colonizing project of massive proportions: the conquest of a galaxy. Due to the nature of the Imperium’s colonial endeavour, the analysis is based mainly on a postcolonial perspective. The aim of the essay is to show how the Imperium uses colonial discourse to justify conquest. My claim is that they violate the diversity and needs of the human race and that the human need of religion is used to resist the conquest. To do this, the justifications and the resistance of the conquest will be investigated, as well as the nature of the human race, i.e. what it means to be human in the novel.

  • 828.
    Ågran, Katja
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    How to translate Guitar Techniques: Translating terminology2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The intention of this essay is to illustrate and describe how to overcome various difficulties that may arise when translating terminology, in this case within the field of music, and which strategies may be helpful doing so. The texts dealt with under the analysis are four articles from the magazine Guitar Techniques which deals specifically with how to play certain songs on the guitar. The essay focuses on terminology, additions and omissions. More precisely it focuses on Vinay and Darbelnet’s translation strategies concerning translation in general and Ingo’s overview on word-formation possibilities when creating a new term. Furthermore, the study focuses on what grounds additions and omissions can be made and how to apply this when there is trouble in finding a good translation for a term.

    The conclusion reached was that knowing at least the most common translation strategies are of great aid since terminology most often cannot just be found by using dictionaries.

  • 829.
    Åkemark, Elisabet
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Le problème de la traduction des métaphores2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to find out what kind of problems can be encountered by a translator in the translation of metaphors from French into Swedish.  The corpus is an election programme used by the Front National for the French Presidential Elections in 2007.

     

    We started by looking at translation in general and then more closely at the translation of metaphors.  A certain amount of metaphors were taken out of the text and their translation into Swedish was analysed.  To get as broad as possible an overview of the difficulties that a translator encounters different kinds of metaphors were chosen from the original French text.  The translation of these metaphors went from very easy to very difficult.

     

  • 830.
    Årheim, Annette
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Litteratur som spegel eller fönster?2011In: Ämnesdidaktik - dåtid, nutid och framtid: bidrag från femte rikskonferensen i ämnesdidaktik vid Linköpings universitet 26-27 maj 2010 / [ed] Bengt-Göran Martinsson & Suzanne Parmenius Swärd, Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2011, 1, p. 155-165Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 831.
    Årheim, Annette
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Misery Lit: Om suget efter brutala och självutlämnande berättelser2012 (ed. 1)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 832.
    Öfverbeck, Niklas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Fostrad av döden: En studie av karaktärer i Neil Gaimans "The Graveyard Book"2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 833.
    Ölfvingsson, Mia
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    "Das ist nicht gerecht!": Gender in zwei Texten aus der aktuellen deutschsprachigen Kinderliteratur2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 834.
    Önder, Kristina
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    ”Blattesvenska är ett ungdomsspråk, inte en dialekt”: En studie av högstadieelevers attityder till tre svenska varieteter2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att undersöka attityder hos högstadieelever till varieteterna skånska, norrländska och svenska på mångspråkig grund. Ett annat syfte är att ta reda på om dessa ungdomar anser svenska på mångspråkig grund vara en dialekt, och om svaren varierar utifrån kön och första- och andraspråkstalare. Ett annat perspektiv som jag även kommer att presentera är den didaktiska aspekten på språklig varietet och vilka pedagogiska faktorer som kan påverka elevernas attityd till dialekt.En enkätundersökning utfördes på två könshomogena grupper, där eleverna fick lyssna på inspelningar av de tre olika språkliga varieteterna. Resultaten av informanternas definitioner av dialekt är följande: geografiskt, tids- och platsbundet och språkligt släktskap. Ungdomarnas definition av dialekt stämmer överens med forskarnas, det vill säga tal som är typiskt för ett geografiskt område, även om ungdomarna använder andra ord. Enligt undersökningen varierade ungdomarnas attityd till språkliga varieteter mellan kön och till en viss del mellan första- och andraspråkstalare. Flickorna valde fler positiva uttryck än pojkarna till varje dialekt, förutom till svenska på mångspråkig grund som talades av mannen, det som pojkarna var mest positiva till. Andraspråkstalarna var något mer positiva till svenska på mångspråkig grund än förstaspråkstalarna.

  • 835.
    Österljung, Patrik
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Developing English language online: A study of ten Swedish adolescents' Internet habits and language proficiency2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    This study aimed at investigating some of the possible effects of the computer on adolescents’ language development. As a base for the study Sundqvist’s (2009) study on extramural English (EE) was used. The work of David Crystal provided a substantial background on the English language, which was complemented by the work of Halliday among others.

             In the study ten national writing tests were examined and analyzed, and a small survey of the ten students’ Internet habits was performed. The mistakes and errors made by the students in the tests were compared to their value of exposure to Internet English (EIE) in order to establish possible links between their Internet habits and their writing mistakes. The study found that the five boys that took part spent more time online and engaging in activities where English was used than the girls of the study. It was also found that the students who spend the most time online made substantially more errors and mistakes regarding the apostrophe, mainly in contractions. It was also found that the students who spent little time online and had a low value of EIE were more likely to make mistakes and errors regarding verbs and agreement.

                          Although the study was too limited for any generalizations to be made, it hinted at some possible links between Internet habits of adolescents and their performance on the national test and their general language proficiency.

  • 836.
    Österljung, Patrik
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Dimensions of speech and writing in World of Warcraft chat transcripts2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay was to examine chat communication in the World of Warcraft on-line interactive game in order to place the chat on the formal/informal continuum using speech and writing as extremes, as well as to examine the linguistic context of the chat situation within a broadly Hallidayian perspective and tenor of the participants. A corpus of 3675 words was gathered from the game on the realm or game server of Bloodfeather. The data was analysed by counting the frequency of a few selected linguistic features and compared with examples of speech and writing. The research showed that the chat in World of Warcraft was highly informal and would on the continuum be placed as more informal than the speech extract used for comparison. The results also indicated that context plays a small role in shaping the chat conversation and that tenor have close to no significance at all.

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