Change of Ideologies of Macao in the Post-Handover Period: A Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis of Macao’s Policy Addresses
Policy addresses are important governmental documents that convey the government's policies and publicize the government’s work plan set for the coming year, and at the same time, carry important information about social and economic developments. This paper studies the policy addresses of Macao SAR in the post-handover period from 2000 to 2017. It aims at investigating how the linguistic configurations reflect the ideologies constructed by the government in the post-handover period. With a corpus-assisted methodology, this paper applies discourse analysis to the investigation of the policy addresses given by the two chief executives of the four different terms of the Macao SAR government. The analysis shows that the diction in the policy addresses reflects the changes in the development of Macao and in the relationship between the government and the audience in the investigated period. It is argued that a corpus-assisted investigation can reveal how discourse is shaped by social practice and how discourse is used to help construct ideologies.
This book aims to use concepts such as identity, image and translation, thus intersecting Imagology or Image Studies with Descriptive Translation Studies, to analyse the images generated by the works of Gonzaga Gomes. This study offers the results of extensive research carried out in the Portuguese National Library to map the publications by Gonzaga Gomes as well as a paratextual and textual analysis, so as to unveil the poetic and ideological considerations of Gonzaga Gomes about Macanese identity.
During the reading of alphabetic scripts and scene perception, eye movements are programmed more efficiently in horizontal direction than in vertical direction. We propose that such a directional advantage may be due the overwhelming reading experience in the horizontal direction. Writing orientation is highly flexible for Traditional Chinese sentences. We compare horizontal and vertical eye movements during reading of such sentences and provide first evidence of a text-orientation effect on eye-movement control during reading. In addition to equivalent reading speed in both directions, more fine-grained analyses demonstrate a tradeoff between longer fixation durations and better fixation locations in vertical than in horizontal reading. Our results suggest that with extensive reading experience, Traditional Chinese readers can generate saccades more efficiently in vertical than in horizontal direction.
The team have collated and reported the test results of Macao-PISA 2018. From the perspective of international and comparative education, PISA helps the Macao Government understands the trend and pace of global education development based on educational big data, and allows educational policymakers to review whether Macao’s education has reached international standards according to the overall development, advantages and features of the basic education system, as well as the problems encountered, so as to adjust and formulate education policies.
While it has been well noted that novice EFL teachers are subject to identity change when transitioning from pre-service to novice stage, the nuanced process of such change remains underexplored. Based on data gathered from four novice EFL teachers in Macau, this paper examines such process using the constructs of imagined identities and the social representation theory. Findings from a qualitative interpretive analysis revealed four distinctive trajectories of identity shifts, i.e., renegotiation, evolution, establishment, and sustainment. These findings suggest that novice EFL teachers’identity shift is not a linear transformation from imagined identities formed in the pre-service stage to practiced identities in the novice stage, but a dynamic process mediated by personal beliefs, prior learning experiences, teaching practice, and the institutional exam-oriented culture. These findings call for attention to the resilient power of imagined identities and the role of affiliating with imagined communities in novice teachers’construction of practiced identities and to how novice EFL teachers' identity transition can be better scaffolded.
A Digital Analysis of the‘Digitally-Derived Geometric Design’of the Front Wall of St. Paul’s Church in Macao - A Study on the Architecture and City of Macao, No. 1-
With reference to related historical archives and literature, this study conducted research into the history, the designer and the design dimensions of St. Paul's Church in Macao. The remaining drawing of the facade merely reflects the correlation deduction of each controlling point in its geometric drawing. Through digital analysis, this study has further obtained the "digitally-derived geometric design" relations of the five-layer elevation design drawing and number-rounding adjustment of the constructing dimensions: the application of the law of equal-partition in the horizontal direction, the application of the law of upward successivesubtraction in stratification in the vertical direction, and the complicated combination of golden-rectangle controlling designs. The latter two applications are key geometrical features of Baroque Architecture.