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Cross-cultural pragmatics of refusal to invitation among Malays and Germans


Mohd Jalis, Farhana Muslim and Abdul Jabar, Mohd Azidan and Abdul Halim, Hazlina and Bukhardt, Jürgen Martin (2020) Cross-cultural pragmatics of refusal to invitation among Malays and Germans. Jurnal Linguistik, 24 (2). 17 - 34. ISSN 1823-9242


This present study on cross-cultural pragmatics aims to investigate the pragmatic behaviours through the refusal speech act uttered by the Malay and German native speakers when receiving invitations from different levels of interlocutors. In this particular study, 15 native speakers of Malay and 15 native speakers of German were asked to refuse invitations made by an interlocutor. The study employed methodology from the combination of the refusal taxonomies proposed by Beebe et al., (1990) and Al-Issa (2003). The data was then collected via a Discourse Completion Test (DCT). The results showed that both Malays and Germans used several similar strategies when refusing invitations; however, both cultures also exhibited differences in term of the type and frequency of refusal strategies employed in each situation. This study is esteemed to not only contribute to the widened corpus of cross-cultured refusal behaviour’s literature, yet it is also counted to the literature on pragmatic behaviour specifically between Malays and Germans’ language and culture.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Persatuan Linguistik Malaysia
Keywords: Speech act; Invitation; Refusal strategies; Semantic formula; Cross-cultural pragmatics
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 01:33
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 02:04
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/88307
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