Surin Kaur

Surin Kaur
University of Malaya | UM · Department of English Language

PhD in Linguistis (Lancaster)

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Publications (41)
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This study examines the discursive strategies employed by ISIS-affiliated media outlets to represent female sympathisers as muhajirahs.Using Critical Discourse Analysis –the Discourse Historical Approach (Reisigl & Wodak, 2016), this paper will analyse the diverse and often contested ways in which the Self versus Other (Wodak, 2009) schemata is pro...
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The tragic and horrendous attack on the World Trade Center also served to construct an unmistakable shape to Islamophobia in the West. It worked as fuel for the already-lit fire of Islamophobia and aggravated the situation with numerous indiscriminate attacks on Muslims. The situation worsened with George Bush’s unequivocal statement: “either you a...
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The article provides insights on how print-based multimodal texts can be utilized to generate ideas and help students to write narrative texts. A qualitative approach in research design was employed with a pre-test and a writing assignment. NAPLAN’s (2010) Writing-Narrative Marking Guide was adapted to evaluate the respondents’ narrative essays. Mo...
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The past 20 years have witnessed major shifts in language and education policy in Malaysia. This reflects a range of social, economic, and political forces that influence and shape the policymaking in this multi-ethnic and multicultural country. Past research has suggested that language and education policies in Malaysia tend to have two main stanc...
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This study is based on the multimodal analysis of two children’s concrete poems from the poetry book, Splish Splash (1994) by Joan Bransfield Graham. It employs Kress and van Leeuwen’s (2006) Visual Grammar as the analytical tool to analyse the visuals in terms of compositional meaning. It investigates how visual elements (words and images) are rep...
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Ecolinguistics studies the interactions between language and ecology. It investigates whether the stories created by language are destructive or beneficial to all the constituents of the environment. In search of positive stories for our environment, this article focuses on vegan campaigns which generally bring awareness about veganism that, in tur...
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Language and gender relations are two ways: gender is reflected by language and language assists to shape gender. Gender is less studied in the field of textbook evaluation because it states the social standards, practices and roles that distinct females from males. Critical Discourse Studies is a persuasive framework which is applied to eval­uate...
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The primary focus of this study is to explore Donald Trump’s emerging anti-Muslim ideology in his speech delivered at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. The discourse of this speech is loaded with anti-Muslim and anti-Islam linguistic instances. To analyze Trump’s Islamophobic discourse...
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Vegan campaigns are frequently seen nowadays due to the rise of veganism. When these campaigns create stories, i.e. cognitive models which influence how people think, talk and act, it is important to consider both language and images. This article presents findings from a multimodal analysis of the two vegan campaigns, Be Fair Be Vegan and Go Vegan...
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This paper discusses the dynamic role of translators in possibly promoting certain ideologies and political agendas by presenting stories through the lens of an ideologically laden meta-narrative. It compares the representation of ‘ Daesh ’ in the narratives of Arabic editorials and their English translations published by the Middle East Media Rese...
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There is widespread anxiety and speculation about RF-EMF emissions by telecommunication base stations and structures, as it is perceived by some to be unsafe and a threat to public health. Scientists, medical experts, politicians, journalists, and mobile telecommunication company specialists are involved in an active debate on whether people are im...
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The growing concern over the influx of foreign women in Malaysia as sex workers, has continually gained the attention of the local media particularly the mainstream newspapers. The media, despite playing an instrumental role in bringing about social transformation, has the ability to portray the foreign women in a positive way or to discriminate ag...
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The increase in the number of men who have become more meticulous about their grooming and appearance, also known as metrosexuals, indicates that the beauty industry no longer focuses on females alone. While metrosexuality is making its presence felt in society, the increased sales of male fairness creams particularly in the East reveals another tr...
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The Muslim community in America has been facing turmoil, particularly after the events of 9/11. Muslims are facing a number of anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim discriminatory practices, biases, and sentiments from many Americans. These religious prejudices are apparent at the public and political leadership levels, as well as other facets of the countr...
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This concluding chapter points to some of the dramatic events of the past two years that have come to affect the structures and processes of contemporary globalization within which the chapters of this volume have been embedded. It poses the dilemma that the contributors of this volume wrote the papers that became these chapters within an internati...
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Higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia are often governed as communities of practice. Often times, the modes of governance and the structures of management in higher education cultures in Malaysia represent masculine communities of practice. While women are far from being underrepresented in higher education in Malaysia, achieving a criti...
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This book establishes gender issues as a major focus within developments shaping higher education in the Asia Pacific region. The discussion is framed as a response to various dedicated efforts, such as that of the United Nations, to foreground gender as a site for political discourse throughout the region. Throughout the volume, authors confront i...
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Drawing upon the interdisciplinary approach of Baker's (2006) narrative theory-informed analysis, this paper analyses the English translations of the Arabic editorials on Daesh which were published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) between the years 2013 and 2016. MEMRI is a Washington-based think tank that is largely quoted by th...
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This paper investigates the role of media translations in reframing 'reality' and inserting ideologically-loaded concepts to promote certain agendas. It further examines the effectiveness of paratextual (re)framings as a strategic device in the manipulation of 'reality'. It analyses the English translations of the Arabic media narratives on 'Daesh'...
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Like the materially bounded body, the representation and reproduction of the online body is subject to ambiguities and multiplicities. Online discussion boards provide spaces that not only reinforce traditional norms and practices related to gender and sexuality but also provide spaces that highlight the transgressions of these traditional norms an...
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Malaysia is a multilingual nation; its official national language is Bahasa Malaysia, with English and Chinese being widely spoken alongside many other minority languages. Over the last few decades, there has been considerable movement of both regular and irregular transnational labour into Malaysia. Part of a complex migration patterns, Malaysia h...
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Positioned as a destination point as well as a transit and source country for human trafficking, Malaysia has long had a dismal record in human rights abuses that are centred on human trafficking. This paper focuses upon the discursive representations of human trafficking victims in Malaysia, focusing specifically upon sexual slavery, and women and...
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This study examines how female sympathisers of ISIS are represented through and by media discourses, and how female sympathisers of ISIS represent themselves on Twitter, in relation to ISIS. Employing Critical Discourse Analysis – the Discourse Historical Approach (Resigl &Wodak 2000), Social Actor Network (van Leeuwen 2010) – as well as the notion...
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Government departments and agencies are an important stakeholder group in risk communication specifically on environmental risks as they are directly involved in the implementation of guidelines and policies and in the communication of relevant initiatives to the public. Entrusted with policy-making and legislative powers, they therefore play a cru...
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While packaging is a common marketing subject, this illustration paper provides an alternative perspective through the linguistic examination of packaging as discourse, focusing on male grooming, masculinity and metrosexuality. Male grooming is often perceived as trespassing into feminine space and creating ambiguity in gender borders. This study a...
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The shift of gender concept from traditional dichotomy (masculine and feminine) to diversity depicts a paradigm shift of social understanding about gender from ‘something you have’ to ‘something you do’. However, Cameron (2005) stresses that both concepts are "historically overlapped and coexisted". The dichotomy remains as "gender stereotypes", le...
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Gender, the social rules and standards of behaviours imposed on male and female, has been a popular social debate. The current identity, metrosexuality, witnesses a rare "masculine movement", e.g. the Iron John Movement and social backlash from the "Metro-Warriors" (also known as 'retrosexuals'), demanding the return of more masculine men. The mode...
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The employment of ambassadors has been an enormous yet popular investment in marketing industry. These ambassadors are mainly celebrities who are well-known and well-liked in their respective professions, ranging from entertainment artistes to sports figures. Attributed to their influential nature and innumerable fans, they function as celebrity en...

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