EFL STUDENTS' MISIDENTIFICATION OF INDIRECT CRITICISM IMPLICATURES

Hendi Pratama

Abstract


Indirect criticism is a type of utterance in which the criticism content of the utterance hides under the surface structure. An exchange between native speakers of English can involve criticism buried under layers of information. Native speakers could correctly identify indirect criticism but the case might not be the same for non-native speakers. This paper explores such events in where indirect criticism might be misidentified by non-native speakers. The data are taken from 110 EFL students who undertook written test containing three dialogs containing indirect criticism. This study attempts to reveal the students ability to interpret indirect criticims implicatures and what are tehir strategies to interpret indirect criticism. The results of this study are expected to shed some light to the subtlety of implicature interpretation by non-native speakers.

Keywords


pragmatics, implicatures, indirect criticism

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