The Linguistic Realization of Disagreements by EFL Egyptian Speakers



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Shabaka Fernández, Sonia (2013) The Linguistic Realization of Disagreements by EFL Egyptian Speakers. [Trabajo Fin de Máster]

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Due to the lack of sociolinguistic knowledge of the L2, non-native speakers may transfer their linguistic and sociocultural L1 pragmatic norms into the L2. Hence, this could lead to pragmatic failure and intercultural misunderstandings. Thomas (1983: 96-7) argued that
grammatical errors may impede communication. Nevertheless, they can be clearly recognized as errors. On the other hand, she added that pragmatic failure, particularly if the speaker has an advanced L2 level, is not easily identified, and the non-native speaker could be stereotyped as
impolite or unfriendly. Thus, pragmatic failure is more damaging than grammatical errors. Even though some studies report the positive correlation between L2 pragmatic proficiency and linguistic proficiency (Scarcella, 1979; Trosborg, 1987; Beebe and Takahashi, 1989), other
studies demonstrated that high levels of L2 proficiency may not entail high pragmatic competence (Kasper and Blum-Kulka, 1993; Kreutel, 2007).
In order to reach a better understanding of native-speaker L1 production, a variety of speech acts have been extensively studied. Nevertheless, the speech act of disagreement has received little attention in the literature, particularly in relation to computer-mediated
communication. More specifically, no studies have investigated the speech act of disagreement in social network sites like Facebook or in relation to Egyptian participants. Thus, this paper aims at analyzing naturally occurring disagreements by Egyptian participants with an advanced level of English, in the social networking site Facebook. In addition, it intends to distinguish
between the strategies employed depending on the method of data collection, namely the naturally occurring instances in Facebook versus a Discourse Completion Test (DCT). Even
though DCTs have been criticized for being “unnatural”, they allow the collection of “the prototype of the variants occurring in the individual‟s actual speech” (Hill et al, 1986: 353).A third objective of the paper is to investigate the differences between American and Egyptian production of disagreement strategies in a DCT. Finally, the present work briefly explores the role of topicin the employment of disagreement strategies.

Item Type:Trabajo Fin de Máster
Maíz Arévalo, Carmen
Uncontrolled Keywords:Egyptian, Disagreement, Speech acts, English L2, Intercultural studies, Pragmatics
Subjects:Humanities > Education > Teaching
Humanities > Philology > English philology
Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
ID Code:23287
Deposited On:22 Oct 2013 09:38
Last Modified:22 Oct 2013 09:38

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