Euphemism from a Politeness Perspective: An Exploration of the ability of Iraqi EFL learners to Use and Comprehend Euphemistic Expressions

  • Rasha A. Saeed Alsabbah University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Department of English Language
  • Iman M. . Al-Shemmery University of Babel, college of education, department of English
Keywords: Euphemism, foreign language learning, pragmatics, politeness, interlanguage pragmatics.

Abstract

Euphemisms are advantageous in people’s social life by turning sensitive into a more acceptable ones so that resentful feelings and embarrassment can be avoided. This study investigates the ability of Iraqi English learners in using euphemistic expressions, meanwhile, raising their awareness and the faculty members in English teaching faculties regarding the relevance of discussing the topics that demand euphemisation. This study comprised three stages: initial test, explicit instruction with activities, and a final test for the students’ development in this domain. A test has been distributed among 50 respondents, who are at the fourth year of their undergraduate study at the University of Babylon/ College of Basic Education. The low rate of producing and recognising euphemisms in the first stage of the study, it is concluded that Iraqi students that the course design in the foreign context is inadequate. After consistent training during the second stage, students have shown significant development in mastering these expressions.

Author Biographies

Rasha A. Saeed Alsabbah, University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Department of English Language

Lecturer Rasha Abdulridha Saeed (PhD), University of Baghdad, College

   of Languages, Department of English Language

Email: [email protected]

 

Iman M. . Al-Shemmery, University of Babel, college of education, department of English

Assistant prof. Iman M. Al-Shemmery, University of Babel, college of       education, department of English

Email: [email protected]

Published
2021-01-02
How to Cite
Alsabbah, R., & . Al-Shemmery, I. (2021). Euphemism from a Politeness Perspective: An Exploration of the ability of Iraqi EFL learners to Use and Comprehend Euphemistic Expressions. Journal of the College of Languages (JCL) Mağallaẗ Kulliyyaẗ Al-Luġāt, (43), 118-159. https://doi.org/10.36586//jcl.2.2021.0.43.0118
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