Disagreeing in Tunisian Arabic: a Politeness and Pragmatic Study

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlts.v2i3.141

Authors

Keywords:

politeness, speech act, disagreement, pragmatics

Abstract

This research is a pragmatic and politeness study that deals with the speech act of disagreement in Tunisian Arabic, a variety of Arabic spoken in Tunisia. It accounts for disagreement in relation to the contextual factors of Social Distance, Social Power, and Rank of Imposition. Discourse Completion Test (DCT) is used to study the production of disagreement. Data was collected from a group of native speakers of Tunisian Arabic at “Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis, Tunisia”. Native speakers of TA used a variety of strategies, which were identified in other languages (e.g., Direct Refusal, Suggestion, Giving Account, and Request…) along with new strategies (e.g., Teasing, Unsympathetic advice, Challenge, and Criticism).The identification and quantification of the strategies of disagreement also helped develop insights into the Tunisian culture.

 

Published

2021-04-28

How to Cite

Khammari, H. (2021). Disagreeing in Tunisian Arabic: a Politeness and Pragmatic Study . International Journal of Linguistics and Translation Studies, 2(3), 46–64. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlts.v2i3.141

Issue

Section

Articles