[P4865] Formulaic Language and Pragmatic Competence

Created by Zeinab A. Taha
Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am

SUMMARY:

This panel explores the pragmatic functions of idioms and formulaic language in both spoken and written Arabic in order to: 1. Develop an accurate statement about how Arabic language use employs pragmatic variation in literature, media, and daily life interactions, and 2. Relate the analysis to pedagogy and developing pragmatic competence for students of Arabic as a foreign language.
The first paper presents an analysis of formulaic expressions in an Egyptian bestseller novel. The novel is written in colloquial Arabic and tells the stories of a taxi driver's interaction with different types of people which illustrates different language choice and styles. The second paper examines formulaic sequences from both a theoretical and pedagogical perspectives. It reports on teachers' perceptions on use of formulaic language in the classroom. the paper illustrates the other side of the coin by presenting how teachers react to the inclusion of formulaic language in the curricula. The third paper addresses terms of address and terms of endearment as used in Egyptian Arabic. It takes dress code as its departure point to illustrate how social variables affect the choice of address terms used. The fourth paper discusses a type of formulaic language called pseudo-titles and their pragmatic references in newspapers reportage. All presentations link the analysis and findings to pedagogy in the AFL classroom. More importantly, the panel sheds light on the pragmatic use of formulaic language in Arabic, an area in dire need for research.

SPONSOR:

American University in Cairo

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Zeinab A. Taha

(The American University in Cairo)
Zeinab A. Taha Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Arabic language and linguistics at the American University in Cairo. She received her PHD from Georgetown University in 1995. She has been working in the field of Teaching Arabic as A Foreign Language...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;
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Shaimaa Abdel Aziz

(American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hala Elshamy

(The American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hala Abdelmobdy

(American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;