ENGLISH AS A LANGUAGE OF CONVERSATION USED BY SLOVENE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSMaja Rauter
, 2012, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: English is the lingua franca of the world and it is as such affecting many languages; Slovene is no exception to this process. In the indirect contact between English and Slovene, the former is affecting the later in different areas, but the most receptive are the areas of media and the spoken discourse of young people. In the language of conversation of high school students in Slovenia, English is mostly used to fill lexical gaps, but lately it is also used in cases where there already exists a Slovene equivalent. This is a consequence of an increased influence of English on Slovene. There are some English words and phrases that are used by high school students independently of the fact where these students live, and there are some words and phrases that vary from city to city. Students of three different cities (Ljubljana, Maribor, and Murska Sobota) were included in the research sample. The purpose of this diploma paper was to find out the degree of students’ awareness of English influence on Slovene, to find the differences in the use of English among students living in different cities and to determine words and phrases that are most commonly used in the language of conversation of young people in Slovenia.
Keywords: the English language, the Slovene language, lingua franca, language influence, the language of conversation
Published: 20.03.2012; Views: 1805; Downloads: 133
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Globalization: The Influence of English on the Language of Macedonian and Slovene StudentsEmi Nikolovska
, 2016, master's thesis
Abstract: Globalization influences economic development political systems, the environment,
languages and cultures as well as many other aspects of societies worldwide. Language has
become an integral and very sensitive element in the process of globalization; therefore
globalization related issues cannot be discussed without the analysis of language changes.
Today the English is a means of mutual communication of the emerging global culture spread
by international trade and relations, the internet, science, literature, sports and entertainment.
The influence of the English language on Macedonian and Slovene is evident on almost all
linguistic levels. The main goal of this thesis is to present the influence that English has on
the language of Macedonian and Slovene students. The research is focused on the analysis of
undergraduate theses in order to indicate the linguistic levels where the influence is most
evident and frequent. Additionally, as part of the research, I have prepared questionnaires
distributed among students currently studying at major universities in Macedonia and
Slovenia. The results show that the most affected linguistic levels are vocabulary and
orthography. Furthermore, the results point to the necessity of enriching the technological
terminology in both languages of interest. Students do not have negative attitudes toward the
expansion of English; on the contrary they believe that it provides certain benefits (education,
career, international communication). Macedonian and Slovene are not threatened by the
spread of the English language, but that does not mean that we should stop protecting our
linguistic heritage and indulge in indiscriminate use of words borrowed from English.
Keywords: globalization, global language, influence, English, students, word borrowing
Published: 05.10.2016; Views: 606; Downloads: 73
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The Influence of Usernames on the Perception of Gender in Online CommunicationAlen Vugrinec
, 2018, master's thesis
Abstract: The aims of this master´s thesis are to determine how certain usernames influence the perception of gender on online communication and to identify possible differences between the language of men and women used in online communication in the form of a forum.
The theoretical part discusses at first the internet in general; its origins, how communication came to be on it, the characteristics of internet language and differences between communication in real-life and online. Then we turn our attention to differences between the language of men and women, which can occur in either face-to-face (or written) communication or in online communication in general. The empirical part focuses on the experiment conducted for the purpose of this thesis. This part of the thesis contains the methods of the experiment, the details of it, the analysis of the communication happening on the forum and the analysis of the questionnaires given to the participants of the experiment. This is followed by the discussion of the findings/results and the concluding thoughts. The findings of the study confirm all the hypotheses set in the thesis, i.e.:
Hypothesis 1: the majority of the participants will not be able to guess correctly the gender of other participants in conversations with made-up usernames (Discussion 2).
Hypothesis 2: there will be differences between the language of men and women in both types of conversations regardless of the type of username used.
Hypothesis 3: participants regardless of gender will add more contributions to the forum in conversations with made-up usernames (Discussion 2) because of the anonymity.
Keywords: internet, online communication, language, username(s), difference, influence, experiment, men´s and women´s language, gender.
Published: 23.11.2018; Views: 269; Downloads: 48
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