Discourse markers in Saudi English and British English : a comparative investigation of the use of English discourse markers

Algouzi, S 2015, Discourse markers in Saudi English and British English : a comparative investigation of the use of English discourse markers , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Based on two corpora, one of Saudi learners and the other of native English speakers, this thesis investigates qualitatively and quantitatively the use of English discourse markers in the speech of advanced Saudi learners of English in the third and fourth years of undergraduate study of English and compares it to the use of discourse markers by native speakers of English. Three of the most frequently occurring discourse markers in the spoken language, namely so, you know and like, are analysed. Qualitatively, the results from the Saudi learners’ corpus show that the three discourse markers under investigation serve a variety of discourse functions. In particular, they show that native speakers of English use so and like more frequently than Saudi learners. You know is used more frequently by Saudis. These results introduce to the research field of discourse markers a new conceptualization of how non-native Saudi English language learners use discourse markers in their speech. Even though the results from the Saudi learners’ corpus show that the three discourse markers are used with a variety of discourse functions, the analysis of the textbooks shows that of the three discourse markers, so is the only one introduced. This makes it difficult to make a strong claim about the connection of the local pedagogy and the use of the discourse markers. Saudi English learners are possibly able to acquire them through their exposure to the media and through their interaction in English with their peers.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education-Saudi Arabia
Depositing User: SI Al-Gouzi
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 10:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34008

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