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Academic Paper


Title: Cross-cultures Transfer: Arabic into English and English into Arabic
Author: Lafi M. Alharbi
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Institution: Kuwait University
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
English
Abstract: This paper investigates the rhetorical transfer across Arabic and English. Over 170 monolingual letters of job application were analyzed in terms of form and content in order to (a) explore native rhetorical protocols in each culture, and (b) cross-examine the rhetorical transfer into the nonnative writing of Arabic and English./L//L/The unrelated cultures under investigation exhibit discrete rhetorical protocols both in the form and in the content structure of letters of job application. Results affirmatively testify that native-protocol of the English culture is formula oriented, whereas native-protocol of the Arabic culture is content based. Most of the stimuli of English rhetoric primarily pertain to the enclosure and the placement of certain structural components of the letter. Thus, the English writer employs a wide variety of structural devices to engage his reader's attention and provide technical support. By contrast, the rhetorical protocols of the Arabic culture focuses on the message and undervalue the form. The Arabic writer utilizes eloquent and sentimental rhetoric to execute a desirous effect on his reader. Furthermore, the results unquestionably demonstrate that rhetorical transfer statistically marks the nonnative writing. Rhetorical protocols in native-culture cautiously neutralize their counterparts in the target-culture.
Type: Collection
Status: In Progress
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