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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A comparison of gender representation in English (EFL) and Arabic (AFL) textbooks in Iran: A critical discourse analysis
by Baghdadi, Mitra, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 147; 1521573
Abstract (Summary)

The present study investigated how gender roles are represented in Iranian EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and AFL (Arabic as a Foreign Language) textbooks.

A mixed method of Social Prominence by Lesikin, which is based on Halliday's Systemic Functional Syntax and the Criteria for Analysis of the Equality of Gender Representation by Rifkin, was used in a Critical Discourse Analysis framework. The results showed that no matter which method is used for the analysis, with no exception and in all criteria, males were represented significantly more than females. This indicates that males were the central point of most sentences, either as the subject of actions, or as the main figure in sentences and pictures. Significant differences were observed between AFL and EFL textbooks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeMaster, Barbara
Commitee: Abbuhl, Rebekha, Finney, Malcolm A., Sharifi, Amir
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, English as a Second Language, Gender studies
Publication Number: 1521573
ISBN: 978-1-267-79002-6
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