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APL 555: Disciplinary Discourse: Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)

Academic Search Premier

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Critical discourse analysis
Here are entered works on the study of the use of language by social institutions as an instrument in the building of social and ideological power.

Dialects
Here are entered works on regional or social varieties of a language, differing from one another in grammar, pronunciation, and/or vocabulary, and on the study of these varieties. Works on the method of argumentative discourse that involves the exchange of propositions (or theses) and counter-propositions (or antitheses) to achieve agreement are entered under "Dialectic."

Discourse analysis
Here are entered works that examine language use in general to identify elements of grammar, vocabulary, style and content, as well as non-verbal conventions, assumptions and context.

Discrimination
Here are entered general works on social discrimination based on race, religion, sex, social minority status, or other factors. Use only if a narrower term does not apply, e.g. "Race discrimination," "Sex discrimination," or "Homophobia."

Discriminatory language
Here are entered works on discriminatory language. Use only if a narrower term does not apply (e.g. "Sexism in language" or "Racism in language").

Emigration & immigration
Here are entered works on migration across national borders in modern times. Works on the movement of population within the borders of a single country are entered under "Internal migration." Works on the spread of population, largely in prehistoric times, are entered under "Human migrations." Works on the mass migrations of peoples are entered under "Migrations of nations."

Gender
Here are entered works on the cultural, behavioral, and psychological attributes usually associated with a particular sex. Works on the categorization of nouns as masculine, feminine, or neuter are entered under "Grammatical gender."

Human sexuality
Here are entered general works on human sexuality and sexual behavior. Use only if a narrower term does not apply (e.g., "Sexual intercourse," or "Sexual abstinence"). Works on the physical characteristics distinguishing female and male individuals of many species according to their reproductive organs and functions are entered under "Sex (Biology)." Works on the psychological aspects of human sexual behavior are entered under "Human sexuality -- Psychological aspects."

Immigrants
Here are entered works on foreign-born persons who enter a country intending to become permanent residents or citizens. Works on persons who change their place of residence from one locality to another within the borders of a single country are entered under "Internal migrants." This heading may be subdivided by names of places where immigrants settle. Works on specific national groups in specific countries are entered under their own headings (e.g. Chinese -- United States). Works on national groups residing outside their native countries are entered under their own headings (e.g. British -- Foreign countries).

Identity (Psychology)
Here are entered works on the combination of an individual's unique characteristics, how the individual sees themselves and their relationship to others, and their belief and value systems. Use only if a narrower term does not apply (e.g., "Cultural identity" or "Lesbians -- Identity"). Works on the sum total of a person's characteristic behaviors in relationship to others in social and personal interactions, including attitudes, feelings, interests, and patterns of behavior are entered under "Personality." Works on the way in which a person sees himself or herself, including both the consciousness and self-identity of a person are entered under "Self."

Language & Gender
Here are entered works on the mutual relationship between language and the gender of human beings. Works on the analysis of gender differences in the use of language are entered under "Language & languages -- Sex differences." Works on the categorization of nouns as masculine, feminine, or neuter are entered under "Grammatical gender."

Language & human sexuality
Here are entered works on the mutual relationship between language and sexuality.

Language maintenance
Here are entered works on the continued use of a language in a multilingual setting, especially when in competition with culturally or numerically more influential languages.

Language preservation
USE Language maintenance; Language revival

Language revival
Here are entered works about organized attempts to restore the use of a language which is endangered, or no longer spoken.

Linguistic identity
Here are entered works on how language helps to define the identity of an ethnic or cultural group.

National characteristics
Here are entered works on the defining or distinguishing traits of a nation in general. Works on the distinguishing traits of a particular nation are entered under narrower terms such as "American national characteristics" or "Nepali national characteristics." Works on the belief that one's national culture is superior to that of other nations are entered under "Cultural nationalism.

Post-Traumatic stress disorder
Here are entered works on the psychological disorder that develops in response to a experiencing a traumatic event or condition; symptoms may include anger, denial, and in extreme cases, hallucinations.

Racism in language
Here are entered works on words and expressions in any language that express a bias, conscious or unconscious, against a racial or ethnic group.

Refugees
Here are entered works that discuss collectively persons who have fled from their homes or countries to live elsewhere because of wars, natural disasters, political instability, religious persecution, etc. Works on the right to receive protection from a foreign country, whether within the country itself or in its embassy are entered under "Right of asylum."

Semantics
Here are entered works on the linguistic study of the meaning of words as well as of signs and symbols. Use only if a narrower term does not apply (e.g., "Discourse analysis" or "Semiotics").

Sociolinguistics
Here are entered general works about the social aspects of language. General works on mutual relationships between language and culture are entered under "Language & culture." Works on mutual relationships between ethnicity and language are entered under "Anthropological linguistics."

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