• OpenAccess
  • The Peculiarities of Gratitude Expression Use in the Foreign Language (on the Example of English)  [CCE 2015]
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2015.36004   PP.15 - 20
  • Author(s)
  • Saltanat Meiramova, Assem Kulzhanova
  • It is known that expressing gratitude is one of the most frequently occurring communicative acts in most languages in the world. According to Nofsinger [1999:29], thanking is a speech act, specifically classified under expressive, which are “expressions of the speaker’s psychological state about something (an event, an object, a behaviour, or whatever).” Also, the general idea is that thanks maybe viewed as unimportant routine formulae. This paper attempts to investigate the linguistic and semantic characteristics of gratitude expressions’ use in the English language by Kazakhstani EFL students of higher school. In addition, the paper tries to determine the impact of social factors on the way the gratitude is expressed and also show the importance of thankfulness when it is missing in situations in which it is expected. To do so, the practical analysis of gratitude expressions’ use in oral speech has been done. Sixty people were selected from among students of Gumilyov Eurasian National University to collect data through a discourse completion task (DCT) adapted from Eisenstein and Bodman (1993). The results of the study show that the most frequently used gratitude expressions by Kazakhstani EFL students are expressions of happiness, thankfulness and best wishes in oral speech informal style.

  • Gratitude, Expressing, Thanking, Impact, Discourse Completion Task, Kazakhstani EFL Students
  • References
  • [1]
    Emmons, R.A. and McCullough, M.E. (2003) The Psychology of Gratitude. Oxford University Press, New York, 377.
    Nofsinger, R.E. (1999) Everyday Conversation. Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, 29.
    Crystal, D. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 4th Edition, Oxford.
    Kasper, G. and Rose, K.R. (2001) Pragmatics in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
    Thomas, D. (1983) An Invitation to Grammar. Summer Institute of Linguistics, Mahidol University, Bangkok.
    Eisenstein, M. and Bodman, J. (1993) Expressing Gratitude in American English. In: Kasper, G. and Blum-Kulka, S., Eds., Interlanguage Pragmatics, Oxford University Press, Cary, 64-81.
    Cheng, L.Y. (2005) Changing Language Teaching through Language Testing: A Washback Study. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Engineering Information Institute is the member of/source content provider to