Pragmatic Analysis of Compliments among Female Egyptian Teachers in Ismailia City
مجلة کلیة الآداب و العلوم الإنسانیة جامعة قناة السویس
Appropriate compliments are an aspect of communicative competence which may differ from one culture to another (Mikey, 2013) . Teacher to teacher effective communication is essential for the success of the school society. The aim of the present study was to describe the syntactic patterns, structural formulae and topics variations and functions characterizing the compliments among female Egyptian teachers in Ismailia City. Fifty female Egyptian teachers in Language Schools, in Ismailia city,
... n Ismailia city, aged from 25 years old to Retirement were included in the study. A written English and Arabic Discourse Completion Test (DCT) was used to elicit data of giving and receiving compliments. Based on Yuan, 2002, classification: 79.0% of the compliments were explicit unbound semantic formulas, only 6.6% were implicit compliments. The researcher's proposed classification showed that a majority of the compliments were inclusive of a praying component (34.2%), while 18.3% included reference to God; this reflects a Pragmatic Analysis of Compliments among Female Egyptian Teachers in Ismailia City 2 religious background of the complimenters, declarative, exclamatory compliments were the dominant compliment's categories used. Precision, exaggeration, payback, misconceptions, being self-centered, preaching are unique compliments categories used by the participants. Compliments were expressed in the context of the Arabic language and Egyptian culture context; as language and culture are closely intertwined. The present study draws the attention of teachers to the importance of communicative and sociolinguistic competence; which could improve communication and communication skills between teachers of different seniority levels among female Egyptian teachers in Ismailia City.