Cultural Diversity in Native and Non-Native Speakers of English Communication

  • Iman Khalaf Jasim MA.Candidate College of languages - Department of English Language
  • Sabah S. Mustafa University of Baghdad - College of Languages – Department of English Language
Keywords: cross-cultural communication, cultural diversity , on line chats, communication breakdowns ,pragmatic failure ,

Abstract

With the advancement of technology ,the study of  cross-cultural communication via on line  has become  an important and researchable topic in linguistic theory and its applications.The  aims of  this study are two- fold (a)  exploring the influence of cultural diversity on on-line interaction between American  native  speakers (NSs) and  Iraqi non-native speakers (NNSs) of English which, together with other factors might potentially lead to what Thomas(1983) calls  "pragmatic failure" (PF), a main cause of communication breakdowns  and (b) specifying  which  type of PF  occurs more frequently between the two groups along with the reasons behind such failures. To achieve these objectives , a number of online chats conducted between (10)  American speakers of English and (8)  Iraqi graduate students of English were collected and analyzed on the basis of  Thomas' (1983) division of PF in an attempt to verify the assumption that pragmatic failure is a result of cultural diversity between the two groups of participants.Results  revealed that the cultural differences between the two groups  could be a major cause of misunderstanding ie. PF., a finding which can be  of value to  textbook designers and teachers of English as a foreign language (FL)who are required to improve students' pragmatic ability in classroom by focusing  not  only on their grammatical competence but also on their pragmatic competence.

Author Biographies

Iman Khalaf Jasim, MA.Candidate College of languages - Department of English Language

Eman Khalaf  Jasim* Re.  is an AM. Candidate at the Department of English/College of Languages/University of Baghdad

Sabah S. Mustafa, University of Baghdad - College of Languages – Department of English Language

Prof. Sabah   S. Mustafa (PhD.) in Linguistics and Translation.He has been teaching English for more than 25 years. His areas of interests are Contrastive Grammar, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Semantics, Translation and Syntax.

Email: [email protected]

Published
2021-01-02
How to Cite
Jasim, I., & Mustafa, S. (2021). Cultural Diversity in Native and Non-Native Speakers of English Communication. Journal of the College of Languages (JCL) Mağallaẗ Kulliyyaẗ Al-Luġāt, (43), 1-29. https://doi.org/10.36586/10.36586/jcl.2.2021.0.43.0001
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