Imran Ho Abdullah

Imran Ho Abdullah
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia | ukm · School of Language ​​and Linguistics Studies (SOLLS)

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Exocentric compounding is a creative morphological process that contributes to the English lexicon. However, because it lacks a syntactic or semantic head, it was deemed an exceptional case in most word-formation literature and hence neglected. Previous work has only been limited to syntax-based grammar and the notion of headedness and thus failed...
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This research aims to examine the use of a token economy for education sustainability. It presents a recent review and evaluation of the token economy used among young learners and learners with special needs for behavior management and learning engagement in teaching. Online articles from Google Scholar, ERIC, and UKMLibrary were used. The terms u...
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The issues related to halal and haram are very important for the Muslim community in Malaysia because they are related to various social and cultural aspects such as relationships, clothing, food and business. Many people view the issues related to halal and haram as what is allowed and forbidden in Islam, and the views are often associated with fo...
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The current paper investigates two productive morphological processes, namely compounds and portmanteau words (or blends). While compounds, a productive, regular and predicable morphological process, have received much attention in the literature, little attention was paid to portmanteau words, a creative, irregular and unpredictable word formation...
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Purpose This study examined academic motives to enter university-industry collaboration (UIC) and how they affect collaboration performance. Given that UIC performance is context-dependent, we also explored the moderating role of relationship governance. Design/methodology/approach The study population was academics working at a public research un...
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All languages have proverbs that reflect their community’s attitudes, thoughts, values, and beliefs. Similarities between proverbs of different languages can be accounted for in cognitive semantics as motivated by shared human experience and universal schemas. At the same time, differences in the proverbs can be linked to the general idea of cultur...
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Removal of stop words is essential in Natural Language Processing and text-related analysis. Existing works on Malay stop words are based on standard Malay and Quranic/Arabic translations into Malay. Thus, there is a lack of domain-specific stop word list, making it discordant for processing of Malay parliamentary discourse. In this paper, we propo...
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Parliamentary corpora are pertinent language resources of various subject matters. The applications of parliamentary corpora enable researchers to analyse data from different perspectives including linguistics, political sciences, computational linguistics or history. The availability of parliamentary corpora in specific languages facilitates towar...
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The corpus-based approach is known to be beneficial in developing teaching materials for language learning and teaching. Kibbitzers, which are language modules, are developed using an indirect corpus-based approach and they address specific language problems. The modules are meant for self-paced, self-accessed and independent study. In this study,...
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This paper attempts at examining the evidences of commerce construal in three English Translations of the Noble Qur'an (ETNQs), namely; Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Muhammad Asad and the Reformists 2010. SCAICM, a method of metaphor identification (Al-Saggaf, et. Al., 2015), was adapted to the objective of this research by utilizing stages B and (partially)...
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The emergence of COVID-19 affects the world population in many ways, resulting in its own specialised discourse. In addition to providing a source of data for analysis, this discourse has also led to a rethinking of multifarious research methods. This section presents a series of articles by scholars from different parts of the world with macro-and...
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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a tool in computational technology that allows a recognition of printed characters by manipulating photoelectric devices and computer software. It runs by converting images or texts that are scanned beforehand into machine-readable and editable texts. There are a various numbers of OCR tools in the market for...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the linguistic phenomenon of Acoustic Prepositional Deletion (APD) ( نزع الخافض سماعيا , nazʿi al-khāfiḍ smaʿyan) in the Quran. It mainly addresses deleting thepreposition إلى , ilā from some verses of the Quran despite being preceded by an intransitive verb. Thestudy applies the perspective of Cognitive...
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The preservation and reproduction of a source metaphorical expression in the target language is a problematic challenge for translators. The aim of this study is to examine the translation of emotive metaphorical expressions of sadness from the Persian novel “Savushun” into English. Emotive metaphorical expressions relating to sadness from the sour...
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Most corpus-based investigations capitalise on word list analyses: frequency, keyword, and key-keywords, in profiling the lexical features of a specialised language. Though the three word lists have been used in many corpus-based language studies, comparisons across these three types of word lists in characterising a specialised language has not be...
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ABSTRAK Kajian ini menganalisis proses perubahan morfologi yang berlaku apabila kata pinjaman Arab terserap masuk ke dalam bahasa Melayu. Kata pinjaman adalah kata-kata yang dipinjam dari bahasa asing yang diserapkan ke dalam bahasa sasaran. Dengan menggunakan penjanaan data berkomputer DBP-UKM berjumlah 5 juta patah perkataan melalui konkordans da...
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The major goal of this research is to investigate learners’ metaphorical comprehension in L1 and its effect on the metaphorical comprehension in L2 by Iraqi EFL learners at secondary school. In which, they encounter difficulties understanding English texts and lectures, primarily when metaphor is included, which leads to the misunderstanding of som...
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This paper investigates the cognitive processes underlying death euphemisms used by the Sarawak Malay community. These euphemisms are polite forms of language used to replace those that are considered harsh or taboo, and inappropriate for direct speech. Through the use of death-related euphemisms, speakers are able to demonstrate politeness, though...
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Metaphor in poetic texts has been discussed from different perspectives. Philosophers and rhetoricians conceive of metaphor as an instrument utilized in the composition of literary texts, though metaphor proper was construed as ornamentation within a text. In cognitive linguistics, metaphor is not only confined to literary studies but it has become...
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This paper is an attempt to develop a new mechanism for semasiologically identifying conceptual metaphors in a particular discourse (SCAICM). Based on Lakoff and Johnson’s (1980) conceptual metaphor theory (CMT)’ and aided with corpus tools, the proposed method complements previously suggested mechanisms by Jaekel (1995, 1997, 2002), Steen (1999, 2...
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Sufi language is a notable style of writing in Persian which is full of novel spiritual ideas and metaphors. One of the widely-used metaphors in Persian Sufis literature is MYSTICAL JOURNEY and its related components such as the traveler in God's path and the notion of God's way. This study is dedicated to analyse the Sufi terminologies in which my...
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Given the importance of lexis in language description, this study attempts to integrate the lexical approach to describe a specialised language for teaching and learning. In addition, this paper demonstrates the use of the correspondence analysis (CA), one of the multivariate techniques, as a useful tool to describe a language. As such, this is a c...
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The eating experience, being vitally essential for the survival of human beings, can be extended to convey other conceptually abstract experiences. As a cognitive-semantic account of metaphor conceptualisations, this study aims to investigate the relationship between food-related metaphorical concepts and Persian cultural cognition and cultural mod...
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Metaphorical expressions often involve culturally-specific concepts, embodying associations related to a particular cultural community. Metaphor translation poses the problems of switching between different cultural references, as well as conceptual and linguistic perspectives. Dealing with metaphors in translation, thus, is not simply a matter of...
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Metaphorical expressions are widely used in everyday language. The present study aims to examine and compare how metaphorical expressions of happiness are employed in English and Persian. The conceptual metaphor theory was adopted as the analytical framework. Using the framework, emotive metaphorical expressions of happiness were analysed according...
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Translated Texts of the Qur’an (especially in English) have the benefit of being a major access source into the meanings of the Noble Qur’an especially for non-Arabic speakers. The focus of surveys and other studies conducted on this genre used to address issues related to the translators’ method, style, strategies and techniques aiming at evaluati...
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Translating English phrasal verbs into Malay is a challenge as the English phrasal verbs are made up of verb plus a preposition or an adverb whereas in Malay its equivalent is almost always a single verb which may have different nuance than the combined words. This study presents the strategies employed by students in translating phrasal verbs and...
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A literature review of bilingual dictionary research in Malaysia shows that most research has focused on the problems of equivalents recorded in bilingual dictionaries. What is lacking is proper linguistic analysis of the discrimination of meaning for the source language entry and the findings of the target language equivalents. This paper attempts...
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In Malaysia, research into bilingual dictionaries is mainly focusing on the equivalents. This article is a linguistic analysis research to determine the sense division of an entry "mengambil" from two bilingual dictionaries, Intelek Malay-English Dictionary and Kamus Perwira Bahasa Melayu-Bahasa Inggeris. The sense division of the verb entry "menga...
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The study of lexical and grammatical patterns in the language that a learner must assimilate is important for pedagogical considerations. Therefore, the linguistic approach in ESP classrooms today is gaining its momentum. Additionally, the adoption of corpus-based language investigation has made the attempts even more accessible; many aspects of th...
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Numeral classifier system is an instance of linguistic device for categorisation, a cognitive process that is indispensable in human cognition and language development. The current study investigated the acquisition of eight Malay shape-based numeral classifiers through a matching comprehension task in 140 6 to 9 year old children. The aim is to ex...
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The manner temperaments manifested with the semantic domain of eating and food in a certain culture can be understood through a discussion of dietetic and culinary concepts of a particular culture. What people in a society and culture eat or like to eat may become an evaluation of their emotional temperaments and therefore an implication for portra...
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The main purpose of this study is to investigate the cognitive-semantic content of xordan in Persian, and whether it demarcates similar conceptual domain as the English verb 'to eat'. The verbs related to the bodily experience of eating or consuming food is the source of metaphorical conceptualizations and mappings in various semantic domains roote...
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This study examines employers and instructors’ perspectives towards university graduates’ work attainment (readiness) as indicated by their generic skills. The specific objectives of the study are 1) to examine the perception of employers and instructors towards generic skills required and displayed by fresh graduates; 2) to examine the perception...
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The genre of translated texts (interpretations) of the Noble Qur'an-especially into English-enjoys a distinctive status as a major source to accessing the meanings of the Noble Qur'an for non-Arabic speakers. Thus, it has been a fertile field for academic research. Most, if not all, of those studies evolve around the assessment of such translated (...
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The National Higher Education Strategic Plan of Malaysia focuses on graduates who are innovative and knowledgeable to meet the standards and challenges of 21st century. This paper, then, explores how an innovation practice has taken place in a course entitled "Gender Identities: Malaysian Perspectives" where students scrutinize gender across Facebo...
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Translation of metaphorical expressions is a major challenge in literary translation and has attracted the attention of translation researchers and linguists alike. The aim of this paper is to examine the translation of emotive metaphorical expressions of happiness from Persian to English in the Persian novel "Savushun" written by Simin Daneshvar....
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The use of parallel corpora and the methodology of corpus linguistics have yielded innovative insights in translation studies and cross linguistics studies. The tools and methodology of corpus linguistics have made it possible to systematically explore and capture enormous quantities of text and their translation effectively and efficiently, hence...
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Perkembangan yang berlaku dalam pembangunan data korpus elektronik sejak dua dekad yang lalu telah memberikan dampak yang besar terhadap bidang leksikografi dalam pelbagai bahasa di pelbagai belahan dunia.Praktis leksikografi pada masa kini dan mendatang semakin pasti akan menggunakan pendekatan berasaskan korpus atau malah lebih kepada yang beracu...
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The current trend in the development of electronic corpora over the past two decades has had a profound effect on lexicography in many languages all over the world. Both in its current status and the future practice of lexicography, it seems certain will be corpus- based, or even corpus driven. Hence, corpora are now indispensable tools in language...
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Correspondence Analysis (CA) is one of the multivariate analyses, which can be adopted to investigate statistical similarities and differences across corpora. This study demonstrates the application of CA in a corpus-based study of lexical items of specialised corpora, focusing mainly on highly frequent and significant words in the context of Engli...
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In this action research, we relate literature with everyday realities. Students have the perception that literature is something remote and unconnected to their lives. By determining the awareness and sensitivity of students about current news relating to gender issues, which is the focus of the course “Gender Identities: Malaysian Perspectives,” t...
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There is a difference between ‘communication’ and ‘effective communication’. Most importantly, the latter entails the use of strategies as well as a grasp of essential communication skills and styles. This study takes a closer look at reality and reports undergraduate ability in communicating their stance and positions on certain issues. It will fo...
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Blends, unlike compounds, are excluded from grammar and word-formation in the traditional view, hence they are dichotomous under the either-or paradigm. From a cognitive linguistic standpoint, this book investigates the nature of the link between compounds and blends. To accomplish such a task, a data set on both kinds of word-formation is investig...
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In this paper, we adopt the framework of Cognitive Grammar developed by Langacker (1987) to provide a unified account of the different senses of the Arabic preposition (fii) as used in the Taizzi dialect, one of the dialects spoken in Yemen. The use of (fii) in the Taizzi dialect differs from its use in other dialects of Arabic or even Standard Ara...
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In this paper the framework of Cognitive Grammar (CG) developed by Langacker is adopted to attain a cognitive semantic analysis of the use of the Arabic prepositions (fii) in the horizontal and vertical axes, as used in the Taizzi dialect. Although, encoding the sense of CONTAINMENT, the preposition (fii) is assumed not to play any role in the hori...
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Learning to write is a process where preverbal ideas (thoughts) are transformed into a written form. Such written forms produced vary from words to sentences to higher forms of discourse such as essays, reports, researches, reviews, poems, stories, dialogues, etc. These written forms that are generated, formed, and activated from thoughts are then...
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Studies concerning the metaphorical use of language deal with metaphorical units from two particular perspectives: a mapping from one cognitive domain to another domain, and a grounding of the mapping as a reflection within image schema. The present study demonstrates the pervasiveness of culinary metaphors in Persian social and cultural interactio...
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Comparable corpus is defined as a collection of texts in one language together with texts translated into the same language. Comparable corpus presents the opportunity to discover features that occur more frequently in translated texts or ‘translation universals’. In the Malaysian context, several studies have attempted to look at these translation...
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Domestic violence is a reality that haunts many women and children. How does an educator bring awareness of this problem into the literature classroom? How does one combine the technique of teaching critical analysis with attentiveness to a problem which is real and persistent? In this paper, we discuss the ways in which we blend the training of cr...
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Malaysian women are turning to virtual space as a means to be heard. In this study, the we explore a blog called The Madness of MokcikNab, written by a Malay woman blogger who shows the different subjectivities of a mother, daughter, wife and career woman in Malaysia. Talking to cybercitizens, many of whom will remain as friends that she would neve...
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Animal proverbs can be found in almost all languages. This article examines the role of cognitive mechanisms, namely the Great Chain of Being metaphor and the specific stands for the generic metonymy in Malay proverbs relating to dogs. The Great chain metaphor is based on folk culture and knowledge of the hierachy of entities in the real world. Acc...
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Di Malaysia, kajian ke atas kamus dwibahasa oleh pengkaji tempatan kebanyakannya tertumpu kepada masalah padanan sahaja (Noresah dan Fadilah, 2003) dan Fadilah (2005). Artikel ini menawarkan kajian linguistik untuk mengendalikan masalah pembahagian sensa makna dan padanan untuk entri „membuat‟ dari dua kamus dwibahasa Melayu-Inggeris iaitu kamus In...
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The application of multivariate analyses in text studies is receiving attention from many researchers (Abdullah & Laman 1997; Arppe 2007; Nishina 2007). Multivariate statistical analysis refers to multiple advanced techniques for investigating relationships among multiple variables at the same time. According to McEnery and Wilson (2001), the commo...
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This paper makes a comparative, data-based study of the conceptual metaphors in the English and Malay bloggers' discourse on social-political issues in Malaysia, utilizing a Lakoffian approach to metaphors. In analyzing the linguistic expressions in the bloggers' discourse, the cognitive schema and conceptualizations of social-political bloggers ar...
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This paper examines the semantics of the word alam 'nature' and provides an insight into the concept of nature in Malay. Using a cognitive semantics framework, an ICM for alam is proposed and compared to Schroeder's (1999) ICM for nature. In essence, the ICM for alam has its focus on the Creator and the multiple alams of His creation. In contrast,...
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This paper discusses on the mapping of the English preposition at in the context of forward and backward translation in temporal domain based on the temporal sense of at of the English preposition and its extension to different lexical positions in the Arabic language. This can be explained in the way the conceptual mapping sense is used to an unde...
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This paper discusses the preparations that were made in the running of the course Malaysian Literature in English that was taught face-to-face as well as in the virtual mode. Learning Care, the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) learning management system was used as the web-based delivery tool. The system allows for various activities: notes to...
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In the paper, we analyze the syndicated editorial cartoon Senyum Kambing in the mainstream newspaper Utusan Malaysia using a cognitive-linguistics approach to reveal the conceptualization of issues relating to women. This method of analysis focuses on the schemas underlying the language and metaphors in the portrayals of Malaysian women in the edit...
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In this paper the semantic extensions of the English preposition in and its translation into Arabic and vice-versa is discussed. It is argued that each domain of the English preposition in can be translated into different usage domain in the Arabic language. The translation can be explained using the conceptual mapping domains of the the underlying...
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The main objective of this paper is to examine the readability statistics of a corpus of Malaysian short stories in English with reference to a corpus of established canonical short stories written by native speakers. The short stories selected for analysis comprise twelve short stories published in the New Straits Times. The reference corpus consi...
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Research has shown that men and women speak differently and use dissimilar communicational strategies. In this paper, we compare four weblogs and explore the ways in which Malaysian male and female bloggers narrate socio-political events. Our subjects are made up of two male and two female bloggers who were ex-journalists and columnists. In our dis...
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The aims of this study are to understand the ways that web-based social networking can be used to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) students with the opportunity to use English, and to reflect on and improve our own practice with a view to create an atmosphere where web-based social networking can be used as a medium to enhance students' i...
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This paper examines the semantics of several lexical items in English-Malay-Japanese used to denote concepts in physics. In particular, a cognitive semantics framework is used to discover the different cross linguistics semantic nuances of everyday words which are also used as scientific terminology to denote scientific concepts. The paper argues t...