Title

Differences between Filipino and Filipino-American's written outputs: A contrastive rhetoric of professional discourse

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Dept of English and Applied Linguistics

Document Type

Article

Source Title

3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

31

Last Page

55

Publication Date

12-1-2010

Abstract

The study examined the emails of a Filipino and a Filipino-American personnel sent to the company's email bank in order to see differences in hyper codification and contextual differences of the text structures. These sample emails were then presented to other Filipino personnel of the company in order to identify their subjective impressions, in terms of effectiveness, appropriateness, and clarity. The result indicated that the Filipino personnel's emails, which contain the mission/vision of the company, contain more vivacity, dynamism, life, and contextual features. Yet, though these may be taken as wordy or circular by native speakers, other Filipino personnel find the emails and the mission/vision more distinct, more understandable and more direct to the point as compared to the emails and the mission/vision of the Filipino-American personnel.

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Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

Keywords

Academic writing; Context (Linguistics); Systemic grammar

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