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Communication During Public Service Encounters: Spanish L1 Immigrant Consumers And English L1 Employees, Robin Lanae Hinders Jan 2005

Communication During Public Service Encounters: Spanish L1 Immigrant Consumers And English L1 Employees, Robin Lanae Hinders

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As the state of Iowa continues to see an influx in 'new immigrants,' English speaking retail and service agency employees often assist consumers who are nonnative speakers of English on a regular basis. This mismatch between language and culture can sometimes cause misunderstanding and discomfort in cross-cultural relationships. Six Hispanic Spanish LI adult consumers and 13 White English LI employees from one rural Iowa community participated in this study. Both groups were asked a series of interview questions to share their perceptions about their ability to communicate with people in the other group. The participants were also asked to consider ...


Locating Representation: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Brown, And The Manifestation Of Biography, Gregory Chad Wolfe Jan 2005

Locating Representation: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Brown, And The Manifestation Of Biography, Gregory Chad Wolfe

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This work explores the synthesis of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1838 address "History" with the life of John Brown. In his address Emerson declares that "there is no history; only biography," and from this statement the foundation for Representative Men is put in place. Although nearly 21 years separate Emerson's lecture from Brown's work in "bloody Kansas" and Harpers Ferry, Brown's warfare for abolition gave Emerson's philosophy of "biography" an identity. In keeping with the concept of "biography," Emerson's overarching principle of "Self-Reliance" often deployed philosophical forms such as "Man Thinking" and "The Hero," but ...


The Impact In-Class Activities In An Academic Communication Skills Class For International Teaching Assistants (Itas) Have On Avoiding Miscommunication In An Out-Of-Class Simulated Office Hour, Elizabeth Clare Tremmel Jan 2005

The Impact In-Class Activities In An Academic Communication Skills Class For International Teaching Assistants (Itas) Have On Avoiding Miscommunication In An Out-Of-Class Simulated Office Hour, Elizabeth Clare Tremmel

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Teen Pregnancy In Young Adult Literature, Kristen M. Nichols Jan 2005

Teen Pregnancy In Young Adult Literature, Kristen M. Nichols

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In a study of twenty young adult novels, the following research question is addressed: How realistic is the portrayal of pregnant teens, specifically from the perspective of the pregnant and/or parenting teen, in young adult literature from 1990-2004? This study includes an analysis of the twenty novels for how choice (abortion, adoption, or parenting), gender (focusing on novels written from the male's perspective), and education (high school and college), which are influenced by socioeconomic status and ethnicity, are represented in comparison to statistics and non-fiction accounts of pregnant and parenting teens. Though the authors of these twenty young ...


The Second Excuse, Gordon William Reeder Jan 2005

The Second Excuse, Gordon William Reeder

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Scattering Ashes: Stories , Lucas Southworth Jan 2005

Scattering Ashes: Stories , Lucas Southworth

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Praise Songs & Toxic Discourse: Alternative Readings Of Literature And The Environment , Diana L. Boeckmann Jan 2005

Praise Songs & Toxic Discourse: Alternative Readings Of Literature And The Environment , Diana L. Boeckmann

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The Middle Place, Amy Lynn Clark Jan 2005

The Middle Place, Amy Lynn Clark

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Urban Trenches: War Poetry And The Unreal City Of The Great War In T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Jeffrey A. Arp Jan 2005

Urban Trenches: War Poetry And The Unreal City Of The Great War In T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Jeffrey A. Arp

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T.S. Eliot arrived in continental Europe in the summer of 1914 as a Harvard philosophy student preparing for his Ph.D.: he would spend the war as a banker in London, and would emerge in 1918 as a poet. He was never a soldier - America did not enter until 1917, and he only belatedly attempted to receive a commission in the United States Navy near the war's eventual conclusion a year later- but Eliot experienced the war: as a civilian in wartime London, as a man concerned with the fate of Western culture and history, and as a ...


Desiring To Do Good: Sarah Fielding's David Simple In The Context Of Christianity And The Writings Of Henry Fielding And Samuel Richardson, Michael Alan Behrens Jan 2005

Desiring To Do Good: Sarah Fielding's David Simple In The Context Of Christianity And The Writings Of Henry Fielding And Samuel Richardson, Michael Alan Behrens

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The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy Jan 2005

The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy

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Fixed: A Story Cycle In Six Parts , Ryan Swartz Jan 2005

Fixed: A Story Cycle In Six Parts , Ryan Swartz

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Field Dependence/ Field Independence: How Do Students Perform In Call-Based Listening Activities?, Mónica Stella Cárdenas-Claros Jan 2005

Field Dependence/ Field Independence: How Do Students Perform In Call-Based Listening Activities?, Mónica Stella Cárdenas-Claros

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Second Language Needs Analysis In The Workplace: A Case Study Of Hispanic Immigrant Manufacturing Workers, Silke Tietjens Wettergren Jan 2005

Second Language Needs Analysis In The Workplace: A Case Study Of Hispanic Immigrant Manufacturing Workers, Silke Tietjens Wettergren

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Where Are The Latinos?: Improving Representation At Metropolitan Community College In South Omaha, Nebraska, Erin Eileen Joy Jan 2005

Where Are The Latinos?: Improving Representation At Metropolitan Community College In South Omaha, Nebraska, Erin Eileen Joy

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Patient Agency In The Rhetoric Of Health Decision Guides, Mary B. Duerson Jan 2005

Patient Agency In The Rhetoric Of Health Decision Guides, Mary B. Duerson

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Diachronic Linguistic Variation In Academic Papers And Its Relationship To The Enculturation Process Of A Novice Nns Graduate Student Into The Academia: A Developmental Case Study, Moisés Damián Perales Escudero Jan 2005

Diachronic Linguistic Variation In Academic Papers And Its Relationship To The Enculturation Process Of A Novice Nns Graduate Student Into The Academia: A Developmental Case Study, Moisés Damián Perales Escudero

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Sloppily Dressed In A Remote, Unimportant Place, Colette Ryder-Hall Jan 2005

Sloppily Dressed In A Remote, Unimportant Place, Colette Ryder-Hall

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Fluency Through Friends: Authentic Video, Subtitle Modification, And Oral Fluency, Christopher Mark Rozendaal Jan 2005

Fluency Through Friends: Authentic Video, Subtitle Modification, And Oral Fluency, Christopher Mark Rozendaal

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Variations In Interactional Modifications In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc) Between Different Tasks Among Indonesian Non-Native Speakers (Nnss) Of English, Neny Isharyanti Jan 2005

Variations In Interactional Modifications In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc) Between Different Tasks Among Indonesian Non-Native Speakers (Nnss) Of English, Neny Isharyanti

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This Ointment Disappointment: Caryl Churchill's The Skriker And The Struggle Against Patriarchy, Ruthellen Cunnally Jan 2005

This Ointment Disappointment: Caryl Churchill's The Skriker And The Struggle Against Patriarchy, Ruthellen Cunnally

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Research Into The Use Of Help Options In A Multimedia Listening Unit, Maja Grgurović Jan 2005

Research Into The Use Of Help Options In A Multimedia Listening Unit, Maja Grgurović

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This study investigated learner behavior and performance in a CALL multimedia listening activity which offered a video and two textual help options - a lecture transcript and subtitles in cases of comprehension breakdowns. In particular, the study examined and compared the learners' use of two help options by looking at the time and frequency of interaction with help. The study aimed to identify and compare possible patterns of participants' interaction with help options as well as investigate possible differences between participants at two proficiency levels. The participants in the study were eighteen ESL college students at the intermediate level of listening ...


"I Cannot Help Thinking Frederick's Manners Better Than His": Conduct Books And Jane Austen's Persuasion, Maria Nicole Vogler Jan 2005

"I Cannot Help Thinking Frederick's Manners Better Than His": Conduct Books And Jane Austen's Persuasion, Maria Nicole Vogler

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Much research on conduct books and Jane Austen is limited to the roles and depictions of women in courtesy literature and in novels. This paper moves the focus over to Austen's portrayal of male characters in the novel Persuasion. A close reading of several eighteenth-century conduct books and of Austen's novel reveals many similarities between the texts. The hero of the novel, Captain Frederick Wentworth, is very nearly a conduct book model, and the various other men in the novel serve as contrasts against which Wentworth's conduct-book-like traits are revealed. The novel's heroine, Anne Elliot, is ...


Crypts, James Robert Wicka Jan 2005

Crypts, James Robert Wicka

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This is the first 100 pages of my novel, Crypts. Tanner, a recently fired telemarketer, takes a job cleaning out a farmstead in a rural part of western South Dakota. Tanner has little experience with farming, but it makes no difference. The farm is unlike any other he, or anyone else, has ever seen. As Tanner uncovers the mysteries of the farm and it's inhabitants, Tanner's own past follows him out there.


Effects Of Images On The Incidental Acquisition Of Abstract Words, Anne O'Bryan Jan 2005

Effects Of Images On The Incidental Acquisition Of Abstract Words, Anne O'Bryan

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Recently, research has investigated whether glossing individual vocabulary words in a reading text with multimedia annotations-either with text, video, or still images- helps students learn the individual items, and therefore improve comprehension (Chun, Plass, 1996; Al-Seghayer, 2001). The studies, which are built around the assumption that students can learn better and more efficiently when information is presented in more than one mode, revealed a positive correlation between imagery and vocabulary acquisition. However, most studies focusing on teaching vocabulary incidentally with multimedia annotations annotated only the more concrete words which can easily be portrayed using still images or video. Research attempting ...


Functions Of "Shell Nouns" As Cohesive Devices In Academic Writing: A Comparative Corpus-Based Study, Rahime Nur Aktas Jan 2005

Functions Of "Shell Nouns" As Cohesive Devices In Academic Writing: A Comparative Corpus-Based Study, Rahime Nur Aktas

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This study compares the functions of abstract nouns previously defined as "shell nouns" (Schmid, 2000) to create cohesion in academic texts written by professional published authors and international graduate students. To make this comparison, two corpora of research papers, one by international graduate students and one by published authors, were collected from 6 different academic disciplines (Art and Design, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy). The 35 shell nouns (Hinkel, 2004) were investigated in order to find out the frequency patterns in both corpora. The six shell nouns identified as the most common ones in the ...


Hard-Boiled Race: The Examination Of Racialized Space And Identity Within Walter Mosley's Devil In A Blue Dress, Zachary Ty Wiser Jan 2005

Hard-Boiled Race: The Examination Of Racialized Space And Identity Within Walter Mosley's Devil In A Blue Dress, Zachary Ty Wiser

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Walter Mosley is primarily known for his Easy Rawlins series, namely the first book of the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, which is a hard-boiled detective novel. While Walter Mosley performs the functions of the hard-boiled genre in a way that would make Raymond Chandler proud, Mosley is also providing a level of social commentary that was rarely, if ever, accessible to traditional hard-boiled writers. The primary way in which Mosley expands the realm of critical commentary within the hard-boiled genre is by racializing the landscape; however, while bringing race into the hard-boiled genre is the thematic goal of ...


The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel Jan 2005

The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel

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In this paper, I argue that the academic conversation surrounding Lloyd Bitzer's theory of the rhetorical situation has not taken into account the social implications that arise from the theory, given the unique historical moment of global capitalism. One reason for this gap may be that the academic discussion has focused too much on the rhetorical situation's constituent of exigence. In an effort to move beyond the existing academic conversation regarding the rhetorical theory, I intend to reevaluate the theory of rhetorical situation in terms of what the theory is capable of doing and what the theory should ...


History Of Thread, Allison Christine Mackin Jan 2005

History Of Thread, Allison Christine Mackin

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This thesis is a collection of poetry, written to explore a variety of connections. Poems in this collection examine the metaphorical connections between human relationships and the natural world, connections between past and present, and the interconnectedness of individuals within society.


Language Instruction In The High School Classroom: An Action Research Study, Amy L. Finnegan Jan 2005

Language Instruction In The High School Classroom: An Action Research Study, Amy L. Finnegan

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This study examines the role of language in an Advanced Placement Literature class consisting of high school students in the Midwest. The language strategies focused on pertain to storytelling, dialect, syntax and style, vocabulary, and narrative framework. The three literature texts explored were Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The research questions for this study examine the literature classroom in terms of language instruction: (1) What strategies do students use to read difficult texts? (2) What motivates students to continue reading what they ...