Speech Acts: A Contrastive Study of Speech Acts in Urdi and English

| December 28, 2008
Speech Acts: A Contrastive Study of Speech Acts in Urdi and English

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Muhammad Akram
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

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Mr. Muhammad Akram is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Mamuna Ghani in the English Department (Applied Linguistics) of The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan. He holds a M.A. in Political Science. His research interests are socio-psychological variables in SLA, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, and comparative studies of Urdu and English.

Language is considered to be a product of social contact. Language or linguistic acts that intend to influence the reality are generally known as Speech Acts . The idea of Speech Acts finds its roots in the Philosophy of Language. Models of communication often give it very little function. On the one hand, the present study throws light on the contribution made by J.L. Austin and John R. Searle in the field of Speech Acts and Speech Act Theory, and on the other it highlights the significant contrasts in the speech acts in Urdu (an Indo-Aryan language spoken widely due to South Asian Diaspora) and English (Indo-European language) with regard to sex, level of formality, structure and frequency etc. The study focuses on the intentions of the speakers and their utterances (illocutionary, locutionary and perlocutionary aspects of Speech Acts). Fifty informants have been taken in the study and their utterances have been analyzed. The present study will be a valuable addition in the pragmatic field of language study.

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