Speech Act Theory and Communication: A Univen Study
Author: Phyllis Kaburise
Date Of Publication: May 2011
Speech Act Theory: A Univen Study was undertaken to investigate the pragmatic value of the utterances of selected students at the University of Venda, South Africa. Utterances of second-language users of a language reflect the wealth of their language experiences and hence caution has to be exercised when conducting an investigation into such utterances. It is within this background that this investigation was conducted into the meaning-creation strategies and abilities of the participants in this study. The very idiocyncratic utterances investigated demonstrated vividly the multi-dimensional thought process exploited by the creators of these samples. Also demonstrated by the analyses is the nature of communication and the amount of linguistic interaction necessary for interlocutors to create meaning.
Dr Phyllis K. Kaburise is a Ghanaian and a naturalized New Zealander who is currently working at the University of Venda, South Africa. Her main research interests are the acquisition of English as a second language and pragmatics. She has lived and worked in places such as Ghana, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, and is currently with the language section of English Department at the University of Venda. She is also in charge of the Arts bridging programme for students needing support to undertake tertiary education. Dr Kaburise did her undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, and her Masters with the University of East Anglia, Britain, although her actual supervision was done at Cambridge. Her doctoral research was done with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in the areas of language acquisition and pragmatics.
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