Use of Citations and Status Titles in South Algerians’ Final Projects
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 2, Issue 6-2, December 2014, Pages: 10-14
Received: Dec. 9, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 13, 2014; Published: Dec. 30, 2014
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Bachir Bouhania, Department of English, Faculty of Letters and Languages, University of Adrar, Adrar, Algeria
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Abstract
In a global world where English is the main means of international communication, the use of the latter language variety has positive as well as negative impacts on its learners as a foreign language. Starting from this observation, the present paper/communication describes some methodological drawbacks found in the final projects of fourth year students. In particular, we analyse the use of status titles such as ‘doctor-ustaadh-sheikh’ as instances of the mix between English standards of referencing and Arabic ones. And last but not least, we consider the frequency of use of Arabic, English, French, and electronic sources as bibliographical citations to objectively measure the ever-increasing impact of the internet on the teaching/learning processes. This small-scale research is based on a corpus made up of 190 final projects submitted for viva voce during the period extending from 1999 to 2011. Though unbalanced, the sample consists of 171 female students and 39 young males from nine different graduation years. A straight result is the significant use of Arabic, English, French, and electronic sources by the girls.
Keywords
Academic Writing, Algeria, Arabic, Citations, English, French, Status Titles
To cite this article
Bachir Bouhania, Use of Citations and Status Titles in South Algerians’ Final Projects, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Special Issue: The Sociolinguistics of a Changing World. Vol. 2, No. 6-2, 2014, pp. 10-14. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2014020602.13
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