A frame semantic analysis of foreigner, expatriate and immigrant in Malaysian English newspapers / Yeo Huixin

Yeo, Huixin (2017) A frame semantic analysis of foreigner, expatriate and immigrant in Malaysian English newspapers / Yeo Huixin. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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      Abstract

      Synonyms are a common lexical phenomenon where a pair or group of words bear semantic similarities. In a Cognitive Linguistics perspective, however, meaning goes beyond what is denoted by dictionaries with the inclusion of both linguistic and non-linguistic knowledge to fully comprehend lexical meaning. Utilizing Fillmore and Barsalou's theories on frame semantics, this study will look at how 3 synonymous nouns that denote “one who does not belong to a country”; foreigner, expatriate and immigrant are understood with the usage of Malaysian English newspapers. The study is carried out in three parts: A structural analysis, semantic analysis and finally the formation of the frames, made up of attributes to represent the background knowledge for each synonym, based on Barsalou's interpretation of the CAR frame. The study finds that although the synonyms denote “outsider”, expatriate has a more positive connotation and is associated with more positive attributes whereas foreigner and immigrant have a more negative connotation and associated with negative attributes.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) – Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2017.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysian English newspapers; Semantic analysis; Foreigner and immigrant; Expatriate; Semantic similarities
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 16:36
      Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 16:36
      URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/7519

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