From: EVGENIA VASSILAKI <EVGENIAVASYAHOO.COM>
Subject: Directive Speech Acts: Theoretical analysis and applications in teaching Greek as a foreign language
Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006
Author: Evgenia Vassilaki
Dissertation Title: Directive Speech Acts: Theoretical analysis and applications in teaching Greek as a foreign language
Subject Language(s): Greek (ell)
The aim of the present thesis is to describe and analyze the directive
speech acts that are performed in Modern Greek in a coherent and plausible
way that reflects the native speakers' intuitions. This can further be used
as a solid theoretical background for teaching relevant phenomena to
non-native speakers of Greek.
Drawing on Cognitive Linguistics to explain why certain language forms are
used for certain language functions, the present analysis unfolds along two
axes: the first concerns the forms that are selected in MG to realize
directive functions; the second concerns the language functions that are
performed through these forms. The forms under analysis are considered to
be standardized forms (grammatical constructions) to express directivity in
MG and are characterized in terms of their temporal and modal reference
(distance from speaker's reality and degree of deontic obligation). The
functions are described and categorized in terms of the variables of the
idealized cognitive models through which directive speech acts are produced
and understood by speakers. In everyday interaction, these variables are
activated by the relatively standardized language forms (that have been
entrenched in these specific uses exactly due to their inherent semantic
structure), as well as by information from the context of the utterance.
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