International Linguistics Research 2020-11-24T04:02:25+08:00 Sarah Lane Open Journal Systems <p>International Linguistics Research (ILR) is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by <span lang="EN-US">IDEAS SPREAD INC</span>. The journal encourages submission in but not limited to subjects of linguistics, including theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics. In addition to the broad area of language research, the creative approaches to language learning and teaching are also involved, leading linguistics to a higher level of cognitive development. The linguistic research contributes to cooperation of people groups throughout the world. Abundant and professional resources of linguistics are needed to meet a wide and infinitely varied range of communicative goals. From this perspective, the journal aims to improve the communicative power of the language and consolidate the national language communicative tool available to speakers. International Linguistics Research (ILR) also provides the opportunities for sharing the resources among members of the academic community. <br>The journal is published in both print and online versions. The online version is free access and download.</p> A Metaphor Analysis of Love Allusions in A Dream of Red Mansions 2020-11-24T04:02:25+08:00 Lin Qiuming Li Danyang <p>The paper explores two love allusions, ‘the pledge between plant and stone’ and ‘Jin’s marriage’ in the Chinese literary classics <em>A Dream of Red Mansions</em> written by Cao Xueqin and provides new explanations to the theme of the novel. Nearly 20 metaphorical expressions in the novel are selected through Critical Metaphor Analysis with 6 specifically representational examples analyzed in the paper by building integration networks based on Conceptual Integration Theory (CIT). The findings are as follow: 1) the counterculture of ‘plant and stone’ is embodied in the mythological stories at the beginning of the novel. 2) a ‘nested integrational network’, originally proposed by the researchers, links the mythological narrative space and the fictional human world space. 3) the comparison between integration networks of the two love allusions shows anti-feudalism of the author Cao Xueqin. This paper offers an interpretation of the novel from the aspect of cognitive linguistics, which, in turn, could promote the development of CIT within this field.</p> 2020-10-10T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Complaint Response Strategies in the Airline Outbound Calls from the Perspective of Rapport Management 2020-11-24T04:02:23+08:00 Honglin Yang Ping Liu <p>Customer complaints can have a significant influence on the rapport and relationships between the customer and the company. This article aims to study the company’s response strategies for customer complaints from the perspective of rapport management, collecting the data from the airline outbound calls. Results show that there are three types of customer complaints and three kinds of response strategies related, but the effect of strategies on rapport management is not satisfying.</p> 2020-10-30T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Conceptual Metaphors in President Muhammadu Buhari's Political Rhetoric 2020-11-24T04:02:22+08:00 Zubairu Malah Dinyo Shadrach Taiwo <p>Conceptual metaphors continue to receive scholarly attention from discourse analysts taking political discourse seriously. Studies are often interested in the versatile discourse functions of metaphors; how political leaders deploy them as powerful weapons in their armory of political oratory. Therefore, this study extends the current knowledge by exploring conceptual metaphors in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political rhetoric. It was guided by two major questions: (1) What types of conceptual metaphors does President Muhammadu Buhari deploy in his political rhetoric? and (2) What rhetorical functions do the Conceptual Metaphors deployed in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political rhetoric perform? The study’s theoretical impetus was Lakoff and Johnson’s (1980) <em>Conceptual Metaphor Theory</em> (CMT), and Charteris-Black’s (2009) <em>Contemporary Model of Metaphor and Political Communication</em> was also applied in the analysis. The speeches analyzed include: (1) <em>Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Primaries Speech</em>, (2) <em>Muhammadu Buhari’s Acceptance Speech</em>, (3) <em>Muhammadu Buhari’s Victory Speech </em>and (4) <em>Muhammadu Buhari’s (First) Presidential Inaugural Speech</em>. The results show that President Buhari, in his political rhetoric, mostly uses HUMAN metaphors (32%), WAR metaphors (21%) and JOURNEY metaphors (16%). Moreover, further analysis revealed that Buhari mostly uses conceptual metaphors to <em>establish his ethical integrity</em>, <em>heighten emotional impact </em>and<em> communicate</em> <em>his anti-corruption and political ideologies</em>. The study concluded that conceptual metaphors are vital resources for construction of persuasion in President Muhammadu Buhari’s political rhetoric<em>.</em></p> 2020-11-05T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Linguistic Evaluation of News Reports on Islamophobic Incidents 2020-11-24T04:02:20+08:00 Noor Alaa Abdul- Razzk Huda H Khalil <p>This research paper aims at figuring out the way in which the world perceives the Islamophobic incidents. Such a global perception can be obtained from employing a kind of pervasive discourse that is emitted from global institutions and directed to the world in general. Thus, the conducted linguistic evaluation has targeted the news reports as a kind of global media discourse. The linguistic theory employed for language evaluation is Martin and White’s (2005) theory of appraisal. Three categories are classified in the appraisal theory: attitude, engagement, and graduation. Attitude is subdivided into effect, judgment, and appreciation; engagement into monogloss and hetergloss, and graduation into force and focus. The methodology works on three variables in the Islamophobic incident: the aggressor, the victim and motive. The orientation of investigation works to identify the attitude of affect directed from the report towards the victim, judgement towards the behavior of the aggressor, and appreciation towards the motive of the incident. The research also identifies the features of these attitudes as being negative or positive, the types (sub- classifications), engagement (monogloss or heterogloss), and graduation (force and focus) of the spotted attitudes. The data consists of twelve news reports selected, according to their topic, from three News agencies: BBC, Independent, and Fox News. The analysis has revealed that, contrary to many claims, news reports tend to adopt a neutral stance towards Muslims and Non- Muslims. They tend to portray the Islamophobic incidents as close to reality as possible.</p> 2020-11-13T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Sociolinguistic Sampling. Does it Need to be Redefined? 2020-11-24T04:02:19+08:00 Francisco García Marcos <p>The present article analyses a classic in the methodology on the analysis of the social variation of languages: the application of the ratio of 0'0025 % to obtain a representative sample of the population of a speaking community. This ratio, established empirically by Labov in 1966 for New York City, nevertheless presents important limitations when moving to communities with smaller populations. Replicating the empirical experimentation in four Spanish populations of different demographic size, it is shown that the empirically representative samples correspond to the confidence intervals already provided by the general statistics. Likewise, it is shown that these were the parameters between which 0,0025 % in the city of New York was developed. Consequently, the problem was not in the formulation of the ratio by Labov (1966), but in the subsequent indiscriminate application that has been made of it.</p> 2020-11-22T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##