Gender Differences in Using Apology Strategies in Jordanian Spoken Arabic

International Journal of English Linguistics, 2020

11 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2020

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Rawan Al-Sallal

University of Bahrain

Madani Ahmed

University of Bahrain

Date Written: August 18, 2020

Abstract

This study investigated apology strategies used in Jordanian spoken Arabic. The main purpose was to find whether gender plays a role in selecting apology strategies related to different situations. A modified version of Harb’s discourse questionnaire was employed for collecting the data. The participants included 20 males and 20 females. The data were codified and classified using Cross-Cultural Speech Act Realization Patterns (CCSARP), by Blum-Kulka and Olshtain (1984). Both qualitative and quantitative approach was used in analysing the collected data. The findings of the study demonstrate that there are more similarities than differences between females and males in the use of apology strategies. In addition, it was found that both groups tend to use multiple
apology strategies in the same utterance; however, their strategies vary in frequency. The results demonstrated that there is no substantial quantitative difference in the use of apology strategies between Jordanian males and females. Further research employing a multi-factor framework (age, gender, education) of addressees is needed.

Keywords: speech acts, gender, apology strategies, politeness, face threatening

Suggested Citation

Al-Sallal, Rawan and Ahmed, Madani, Gender Differences in Using Apology Strategies in Jordanian Spoken Arabic (August 18, 2020). International Journal of English Linguistics, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676554

Rawan Al-Sallal (Contact Author)

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Madani Ahmed

University of Bahrain ( email )

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Sakhir
Zallaq
Bahrain
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