学習システム研究 Issue 2
2015-03-31 発行

慣用的英語表現の通時的意味変化の研究論文に見る教育的意義 : Akiyuki Jimura “Some Notes on Idiomatic Expressions in the History of English: With Special Reference to ‘meat and drink’”

Morinaga, Kazuhito
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abstract
This present study conducted a meta-analysis on a highly-evaluated literary research journal article in order to discover educational significance in the methods and processes of literary research. As an example of a literary research article, Jimura (2014) was selected. In addition to the analysis and the interpretation of the article, conducted was an interview with Jimura, the author himself. The first section divided Jimura’s work into chapters, and analyzed its structure (i.e., the order of the chapters and the associations among propositions of the chapters). The analysis shows that the article describes the process of the diachronic change of the meaning of the expression ‘meat and drink’ from literal to figurative in various literary works. Understanding that the purpose of Jimura (2014) was to examine the changes of the word meaning using examples and not to give any educational implications, the current study aims to find educational significance from the research logic in the research method and process. For the purpose, both analysis of the composition and structure and an interview with the author were conducted to explore the research logic and its intentions. Based on the analyses, it is discussed whether the research logic and thinking and writing processes that led the author to the final product (i.e., the research paper) can be applied to an English learning process. As a conclusion, this present study demonstrates that the learning style of this researcher could be associated with that of an average English learner, especially in vocabulary learning. In addition, it may also contribute to motivating English vocabulary learning and raising awareness of polysemous words.
subject
意味変化
イディオム化
英語語彙学習
Semantic Transformation
Idiomatisation
English Vocabulary Learning
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