جۆری توێژینه‌وه‌: Original Article

نوسه‌ر

College of Languages and Human sciences, University of Garmian, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

پوخته‌

The speech act of compliment is one of the neglected areas of research in the Kurdish
context. In this paper, the researcher investigates whether Kurdish speaker affected by
their cultural norms—in particular by the politeness system—in responding to
compliments compared to Australian interlocutors. Compliment responses were
elicited—through a Discourse Completion Task—from 10 Kurdish participants (6 males
and 4 females): all Kurdish participants were postgraduate students at the University of
Nottingham in 2014 and the data for Australian participants were taken from the Tarabi
and Beuzeville (2012) study. The Australian participants consisted of 5 females and 5
males.
The Kurdish responses were categorised according to Herbert's (1986) taxonomy and the
results show that although there are similarities in the choice of compliment response
types by, both groups. However, there are still some differences. This paper aims to
contribute to the knowledge of potential areas for miscommunications in intercultural
interactions, and also to find ways to improve language teaching and learning.

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