1,532 Works

Henry James and the Ethics of Recollection

Greg Zacharias
Henry James’s melancholic quality of mind enabled him to understand his relation to the past so that he could free himself of its hold without, at the same time, separating himself from it. It shaped his way of living. As James demonstrates in his notebooks, his past remains with him through his awareness and naming of it. His melancholy relation to the past enables him to use it as part of his identity and, at...

Schindler’s List Revisited

Melenia Arouh
Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1993, recounted the true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party and war profiteer, who saved over a thousand Jews during World War II. Since then, other, likewise mainstream, films dealing with the Holocaust have been released, provoking some critical discussion but very little compared to the heated debate that followed the release of Spielberg’s film. Leaving aside this initial skeptical reaction, this...

A Hall of Mirrors: The Sublime Object of Justice in Dexter

Donatella Izzo
This essay investigates the cultural significance of the construction of justice in an internationally successful American TV series, Dexter. The double life led by the eponymous protagonist, a serial killer who is also part of the Miami police, is read as a literal staging of the mutually foundational relationship of legitimacy and violence, and of the paradoxes of what Giorgio Agamben, following Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin, terms “force-of-law,” with “law” under double erasure: a...

Subversive Space(s) in Interactive Fiction: Exploring Adam Cadre’s Photopia

Evgenia Kleidona
Working within the framework of Digital Media Studies and drawing mainly on theories regarding interactivity and spatiality in Digital Media, the paper explores the significance of space as an integral element of interactive fiction, focusing on the case of Adam Cadre’s Photopia (1998). Specifically, following Marie-Laure Ryan’s theory on the multiple spaces of digital texts, the paper attempts to both define the peculiarities of each of Photopia’s spaces and examine the ways in which they...

Introduction: War in Culture

Joseph Michael Gratale & Serap Ayşe Kayatekin
Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, No 2 (2018): War in Culture & Other Essays

“Bringing the War Home:” the role of family in the home front during the American war in Vietnam

Cristina Alsina Rísquez
This article aims at analyzing how two women writers of the “Vietnam Generation,” Bobbie Ann Mason and Jayne Anne Phillips, explored the role played by the traditional hegemonic American family in the social and political conditionings for the war in their respective novels In Country and Machine Dreams. Though both writers are highly critical of the hegemonic nuclear family, Phillips explores the family structure that led to the war in Vietnam while Mason tackles the...

The Evolution of Fantastical Storyworlds: A Study of Tabletop Role-Playing Settings

Dimitra Nikolaidou
Landscapes evolve. Forests turn into cities, rivers change course and even mountains slowly erode. Perhaps it stands to reason then, that the landscapes of the fantastic evolve as well. In recent times, the evolution of the imaginary worlds found in speculative works of fiction appears to favour diversity and inclusiveness, keeping in touch with wider societal trends. This transition in fantastic chronotopes is extensively chronicled in the genre of Tabletop Role-Playing Games, or TRPGs for...

On Syntactic Ambiguity

Stathis Efstathiadis
Linguistic investigation seeks primarily to achieve explanatory, in addition to descriptive, adequacy thus making possible the construction of highly valued types of grammar. The aim of the present paper is to suggest ways of providing a simple explication of certain linguistic phenomena like ambiguity which become of major interest to the extent that they can be shown to make a significant cοntributiοn to the establishment of such adequacy. Specifically, concem in this paper is mainly...

On plurals and plurality

Artemis Alexiadou
In this paper, I will revisit cross-linguistic differences in the morpho-syntactic behavior of plurality. It has been argued that certain properties, e.g. the lack of pluralia tantum in some languages, differentiate between different types of plurals. This in turn suggests that plurals occupy different positions in the functional spine of the noun phrase. In this paper, I will review this evidence and show how the properties under discussion can receive alternative explanations, pointing to a...

Λεξιλογικός δανεισμός από τη ρωσική στη νέα ελληνική

Ζωή Γαβριηλίδου
This paper focuses on Russian loanwords, loanblends and loanshifts that entered Greek lexicon during various historical periods. The study goes beyond the descriptive goal of identifying specific words, towards the goal of a) shedding light to the reasons of borrowing and b) accounting for the social and attitudinal factors that affect lexical borrowing. Τhe paper provides experimental data for supporting Anastassiadi’s (1994) claim that lexical fields, in which loanwords abound, reflect an image of the...

On splittable aggressively non-D-linked expressions and their correlates in West Germanic

Nicholas Catasso
It is generally assumed that (non-causal) wh-interrogatives are merged VP-internally and then moved to [Spec,CP] in wh-ex-situ systems. Under specific pragmatic conditions, such elements are compatible with aggressively non-D-linked expressions in most languages. This paper addresses a hitherto mainly undescribed phenomenon which consists of the (optional) splitting of the wh realized by VP-to-CP movement of the interrogative associated with the stranding of the emphasizer in some lower position. Apparently, this option applies to wh-ex-situ V2-SOV...

Pragmatic-linguistic aspects of WWF PSAs on nature protection

Heghine Kharazyan & Zoi Tatsioka
The article investigates the pragmatic-linguistic aspects of two World Wide Funds for Nature (WWF) Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) on nature protection. Drawing on the theories of Critical Discourse Analysis (Fairclough 1995a, 1995b, 2000, 2003; van Dijk 1995; Wodak 1996), Critical Discourse Studies (van Dijk 2007;Wodak and Meyer 2015), Multimodal Critical Discourse Studies (Machin 2013), Austin’s Speech Act Theory (Austin 1962), and Searle’s classification of speech acts (Searle 1975), the paper examines the pragmatic features of...

The effectiveness of learning a foreign language via a distance learning tool: Τesting the Duolingo application

Athanasia Psychogyiou & Athanasios Karasimos
This research is conducted to explore the effectiveness of studying online. Among the distance learning practices there is the Duolingo application to help users learn a foreign language. In particular, this is a case study aiming at exploring whether the Duolingo application is effective enough in learning a foreign language and developing the language skills. The data for this study was collected by researching tools such as questionnaires, interviews, and tests, before and after the...

Novel metaphors in emotive talk

Kiki Tsapakidou
The aim of this paper is to identify the novel metaphors that occur within the collocates of the Greek lexical units συναίσθημα ‘emotion’ and αίσθημα ‘feeling’ and examine their relevance in expressing subjects’ emotional experiences. The corpus-based qualitative and quantitative investigation makes implications regarding not only the distinction of novel and conventional metaphors, but also the different status of novel and creatively used metaphorical expressions and the relevance of the latter aspect in reflecting the...

Disagreement in Greek news interviews

Apostolos Poulios
This paper applies the conversation analytic approach to a particular type of in­stitutional interaction, the television news interview. It examines fragments from panel interviews which involve two or more interviewees holding opposing posi­tions about certain issues. The aim of the paper is to show the ways in which the sequential analysis proposed by conversation analysts, in combination with the notions of face and politeness, can account for the organization of disagreement between the interviewees as...

Eliciting relative clauses from specifically language impaired and normally developing Greek children

Stavroula Stavrakaki
In this paper, experimental data on the production of relatives, by both SLI chil­dren and their LA counterparts, are presented and discussed. The results show that SLI children have produced incorrect responses most of the times and, es­pecially, simple active sentences with SVO word order, whereas LA controls have exhibited a high level of correct performance. It is suggested that SLI chil­dren have difficulties in producing relative clauses due to a deficit in the oper­ation...

New technology and the investigation of the articulatory process

William J. Hardcastle
Baken, R. J. and Orlikoff, R. F. (2000). Clinical Measurement of Speech and Voice. San Diego: Singular. Ball, M. J. and Code, C. (1997). Instrumental Clinical Phonetics. London: Whurr. Barlow, S. M. with collaborators (1999). Handbook of Clinical Speech Physiology. San Di­ego: Singular. Browman, C. P. and Goldstein, L. (1992). Articulatory Phonology: an overview. Phonetica 49. 155-180. Denes, P. B. and Pinson, Ε. N. (1963). The Speech Chain. Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ellis, L. and Hardcastle,...

Consider sentences reconsidered in the light of Greek evidence

Brian D. Joseph
English sentences such as I consider John smart have long presented analytic ambiguity between a 'small clause' analysis and a 'predication' analysis, and the apparently equivalent sentence-type in Greek, e.g. θεωρώ το Γιάννη έξυπνο pre­sents similar problems. Here it is argued that additional evidence from each lan­guage, involving constructions that are sensitive to the thematicity of an object NP, shows that these superficially similar sentences are actually best treated as being structurally quite different, with...

Consonant production in spontaneous speech: an electropalatographic study

Katerina Nicolaidis
Fluent spontaneous speech is characterised by large temporal and segmental variability resulting from changes in prominence, stress position, word position, word function etc. A variety of connected speech processes may occur including assimilations, deletions, insertions, reductions. Previous research on articulatory variability in spontaneous speech has documented an increase in coarticulation and presence of reduction. This paper aims to investigate tongue-palate contact during the production of /t, d, s, ζ, l, n, k, g/ in Greek...

Coherence relations in discourse and EFL writing

Anna-Maria Hatzitheodorou
Rhetorical Structure Theory (henceforth RST), developed by Mann and Thompson (1988), provides a descriptive framework for discourse analysis that points to and describes the relations between text segments according to their functions. This theory explores coherence relations in a hierarchical fashion, proceeding from the larger to the smaller units in texts. In this paper, we apply the basic tenets of RST to a partial analysis of an argumentative text. Since it claims to provide a...

Prepositional complements in SLA: a preliminary analysis

Maria Bouba
This paper presents part of the results from an experimental study (in progress) which investigates the acquisition of ditransitive verbs by 92 Greek learners of English. The structures tested are ungrammatical sentences which involve the presence of a null/deleted preposition or a null Ρ with a clitic pronoun in four different classes of ditransitive verbs. It was predicted that if different preposi­tions involve different degrees of feature specification, L2 learners will have dif­ficulty to represent...

Lexicography in the 21st century: a revolution waiting to happen

John Ayto
Technological and theoretical advances in the past 25 years are set to transform dictionaries in the next millennium. For example, the increasing use of comput­erized corpora (including spoken corpora) will challenge the model of the lan­guage -to a large extent that of a literary elite- which lexicographers have hitherto taken for granted, and the ever-decreasing gap between editions of dic­tionaries, and the imminent promise of publicly available on-line dictionaries, will call into question traditional criteria...

Developing student's autonomy in an ESP reading class

Smaragda Christidou-Kiosseoglou
This article describes a step-by-step procedure for designing an ESP reading course for Biology students. The design included a skills-based approach fo­cusing on training students in developing reference and reading skills and a semi-autonomous classroom-based learning program which aimed to encourage students to be autonomous. The students selected their own authentic reading material to work on. An adaptation of the 'standard exercise' proposed by Scott et al. (1984) was used as a tool for text...

Another look at incorporation in Modern Greek: the case of quantifying adverbs

Maria Dimitrakopoulou
This paper investigates Adverb Incorporation in Modern Greek, focussing on the combination of verbs with a certain class of adverbs, namely the quantifiers 'poli', 'kala' and 'para- '. The syntactic and semantic properties of the compounds are discussed with the aim of providing a syntactic account of their derivation. It is argued that the syntactic processes are activated due to focus properties and structural deficiency of the adverbs in question.

The internal structure of English pronouns

Phoevos Panagiotidis
The following points are to be argued for in this paper: Pronouns are not dangling Ds without lexical complements. The locus of Gender is N. Lack of descriptive content of Ν triggers pronominal interpretation. N features, when present, are not interpretable on Determiners. There seems to be a correlation between uninterpretability of Ν features and lack of lexically specified denotation. In English, 1st and 2nd pronouns are Ds, 3rd person ones are Ν to D...

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