The use of personal pronouns: a comparison between Iranian and Malaysian dyads

Yazdi-Amirkhiz, Seyed Yasin, Abu Bakar, Kamariah, and Hajhashemi, Karim (2014) The use of personal pronouns: a comparison between Iranian and Malaysian dyads. International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature, 3 (1). pp. 245-248.

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Abstract

The present paper is part of a larger study which comparatively examined the collaborative discourse of two Iranian and two Malaysian dyads. The members of the dyads were all female and of the same English language proficiency. Core findings of the study on the typology and the frequency of the pronouns used by the participants in the course of eleven sessions of collaborative writing are reported. The content analysis of their pair talk for pronouns indicated that Iranian participants tended to use "I" and "you" considerably more than their Malaysian counterparts, whereas Malaysian participants were found to have a stronger tendency to use "we" more often. The findings are discussed with regard to the macro-cultural dichotomy of world cultures (collectivist/ individualist).

Item ID: 30715
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2200-3452
Keywords: pronouns, collaborative writing, culture, collectivist, individualist
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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 03:54
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language @ 50%
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