A Contrastive Study of the Speech Act of Refusal between Iranian EFL Learners and Persian Native Speakers

Ramin Vaezi


The current study was an attempt to investigate the similarities and differences in using the speech act of refusing between Persian learners of English as a foreign language with some Persian native speakers in Iran. The data of this study was gathered from thirty students in Iran by discourse completion questionnaire, usual interaction, and role play. On the whole, the research findings revealed that Persian native speakers’ refusals were as formulaic in pragmatic structures. These participants were not economical at making excuses and tended to offer different indirect reasons in refusal to avoid annoyance. On the other hand, Iranian EFL learners are more frank and are more likely to refuse their friends’ requests, suggestions, and invitations. Moreover, social distance and power play a vital role in production of refusal among Persian native speakers. More detailed findings and implications are discussed in the paper.
Key words: Speech Act; Refusal; Speech Act Of Refusal; Discourse Completion Test (DCT); Persian Native Speakers; Iranian EFL Learners

Resumé: La présente étude a tenté d'étudier les similitudes et les différences dans l'utilisation de l'acte de discours de refus entre les persans qui apprennent l'anglais comme une langue étrangère et certains locuteurs natifs persans en Iran. Les données de cette étude ont été recueillies à partir d'une trentaine d'étudiants en Iran en utilisant le questionnaire de complétion de discours, l'interaction habituelle, et le jeu de rôle. Dans l'ensemble, les résultats de recherche ont révélé que les refus des locuteurs natifs persans étaient formalisés dans les structures pragmatiques. Ces participants ne sont pas laconiques à faire des excuses et ont tendance à offrir de différentes raisons indirectes comme refus afin d'éviter des désagréments. D'autre part, les apprenants ALE iraniens sont plus francs et plus susceptibles de refuser les demandes, les suggestions et des invitations de leurs amis. Par ailleurs, la distance sociale et le pouvoir jouent un rôle vital dans la fabrication de refus chez les locuteurs natifs persans. Des résultats plus détaillés et des implications sont discutées dans l'article.
Mots-clés: Acte De Discours; Refus; Acte De Discours De Refus; Test De ComplÉTion De Discours (TCD); Locuteurs Natifs Persans; Apprenants ALE Iraniens


Speech Act; Refusal; Speech Act Of Refusal; Discourse Completion Test (DCT); Persian Native Speakers; Iranian EFL Learners; Acte De Discours; Refus; Acte De Discours De Refus; Test De ComplÉTion De Discours (TCD); Locuteurs Natifs Persans; Apprenants ALE


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.ccc.1923670020110702.024


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