A Content Analysis of Buddhist Discourse: Convergent Perception of Multinational Buddhist Leaders

By Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The research objective of this paper is to analyze the speeches and messages expressed by Buddhist leaders from various countries on the occasion of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2009. The focus of this study is on similarities in content and linguistic features shared by the texts, particularly as the culturally mutual perception manifested through the Buddhist discourse on the international event commemorating Buddha’s tripartite life sequences. The discussion shows the role of English as a global language serving as an international bridge connecting people of different nationalities, especially those whose native languages are not English, a situation in which the English language is not stable but adopts certain indigenous features into use. Moreover, the paper also discusses the interplay of a common religious adoption (i.e. Buddhism) and diversity in linguistic backgrounds, a situation where common religious practices are followed to show a sense of community.

Keywords: Buddhist Discourse, Content Analysis, Linguistic Features, English as an International Language

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp.21-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.213MB).

Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul

Lecturer, School of English, Institute of Social Technology, Suranaree University of Technology, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

I graduated from Chulalongkorn University, majoring in Secondary Education (English and German) for my B.Ed. and in English for my M.A. My thesis is “Characteristic Features in English Acknowledgements Written by Thai Graduates: Indicators for Thai English,” which is a study under the theory of world Englishes. Therefore, my interests lie in characteristics of new Englishes, English language and teaching, and applied corpus linguistics. At present, I am working for Suranaree University of Technology.


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