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dc.contributor.advisor Plumlee, Marilyn K. Darwish, Alaa Kamel 2017-03-19T07:38:43Z 2019-03-19T22:00:24Z Fall 2016 en_US 2017-03-19
dc.description.abstract The current study investigated the refusal strategies realized by young adult Egyptian students in their L1 (Egyptian Arabic) and L2 (English). The study also explored the socio-pragmatic features of Egyptian refusals in terms of power and distance as well as the pragmatic transfer in the students’ L2 refusals. 2270 cases of refusal were collected by means of a Discourse Completion Task (DCT) and field notes. The sample consisted of 200 DCTs (collected from 100 students in L1 and L2) and 60 instances of refusals extracted from field notes collected by the researcher. The data were analyzed according to an adaptation of the taxonomy of refusal strategies by Beebe, Takahashi and Uliss-Weltz (1990). The findings reflected a great amount of positive pragmatic transfer as most of the students refusals were indirect refusals. The strategies that were mainly used by students were statements of explanations, statements of alternatives, and statements of regret. In addition, adjuncts to refusals such as gratitude and positive opinion were used to refuse the requests and offers of higher and equal power. Furthermore, the results also showed an amount of negative pragmatic transfer in students’ L2 refusals as a result of both pragma-linguistic and socio-pragmatic failures. Implications and recommendations for future research were suggested based on the given results. en_US
dc.format.extent 114 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Speech act theory en_US
dc.subject Politeness theory en_US
dc.subject Refusals en_US
dc.subject Inter-language Pragmatics en_US
dc.subject transfer en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Refusal strategies in L1 and L2 among undergraduate Egyptian students en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Applied Sciences en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. English Language Institute en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Agameya, Amira
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bassiouney, Reem

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