JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN LINGUISTICS 2021-11-13T05:05:49+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems A Corpus-based Contrastive Study on English and Chinese Semantic Prime happen and fasheng in Natural Semantic Metalanguage 2021-11-13T05:05:49+00:00 Yajun Wang <p>This paper reports a corpus-based study on English and Chinese semantic prime <em>happen</em> and <em>fasheng</em> in Natural Semantic Metalanguage. With the aids of computer software Wordsmith 5.0 and SPSS19.0, we conducted a contrastive study on <em>happen</em> and <em>fasheng</em> based on a small English and Chinese comparable corpus constructed by ourselves. By extracting evidence from the corpus, the distribution of <em>happen</em> and <em>fasheng</em>, their syntactic patterns, their colligation types as well as their semantic prosody are identified and analyzed. We found that there is no significant difference between English semantic prime <em>happen</em> and its Chinese counterpart <em>fasheng</em> with respect to their distribution, their syntactic patterns, their colligations, and their semantic prosody. The results reveal that semantic prime <em>happen</em> is identical with its Chinese counterpart <em>fasheng</em>. Thus it provides an evidence to justify the premise of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage Theory.</p> 2021-12-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Yajun Wang Understanding Malay Corpora: A Content Analysis of 15 Malay Corpora 2021-09-12T17:28:09+00:00 Jowati Juhary Erda Wati Bakar Mardziah Shamsudin Asniah Alias <p>Corpus research becomes an important area of research of late, especially in Malaysia and for the national language, Malay language. A corpus includes texts and transcriptions of speeches for variety of situations. For this short paper, the focus is on Malay language, which is the national and official language of Malaysia. The purposes of this paper are to identify features and types of Malay Corpora and to determine the needs for a military biased Malay Corpus. In so doing, as a short paper, the methodology involves only content analysis of relevant documents on the development of Malay language corpora. Preliminary findings suggest that there are at least 15 Malay corpora in existence, and that some of the features in these corpora overlap. Further, the researchers argue for the need for a Malay Corpus for Military Operations since the existing corpora do not fully cater for this type of corpus.</p> 2021-10-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jowati Juhary, Erda Wati Bakar, Mardziah Shamsudin, Asniah Alias A Study on Mandarin Proficiency and Multidimensional Poverty in Ethnic Areas 2021-03-06T06:22:27+00:00 Lucong Wang <p>To study the role of language in anti-poverty, based on the theory of multidimensional poverty and the economic value of language, this paper analyzes the correlation between Mandarin proficiency and multidimensional poverty in ethnic minority areas by using CFPS data from 2010 to 2018. The regression results show that the improvement of Mandarin proficiency is beneficial to solve multidimensional poverty problems. The endogenetic analysis and robustness test are carried out, and the conclusion is consistent with the baseline regression. Further, the influence of language ability on different samples is analyzed. The study shows that Mandarin proficiency has a greater influence on male, 18-28 and 29-50 years old, high poverty groups and non-agricultural workers.</p> 2021-03-16T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Lucong Wang