A comparative study of thanking strategies used by the selected American and British Actors in their Oscar acceptance speech

Azisi, Noer (2019) A comparative study of thanking strategies used by the selected American and British Actors in their Oscar acceptance speech. Diploma thesis, UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung.

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Abstract

Studies on the major dialects of English, American and British English, have always been focused on the comparisons of both dialects in the syntactic and semantic level. However, their differences and similarities can occur not only in those levels but also in the pragmatic level. Thus, this study aims to compare American and British English on how they express their gratitude to others. The objects of this study are taken from selected Oscar acceptance speeches for the reason that those situations are likely to include many thanking strategies of the actors/actresses to those who have benefited them. In order to find the differences and similarities of both dialects, the research questions of this study are constructed to find what thanking strategies are used by the American and British actors/actresses and how they are different or similar in the use of those strategies. The theory for thanking strategies is taken from Aijmer (2014). This study uses comparative qualitative method in analyzing the data. The results show that the Americans only use 5 thanking strategies (strategies A, B, F, H, and combination), while the British use 8 thanking strategies (strategies A, B, D, E, F, G, H, and combination). In terms of the types of strategies, the British clearly use more strategies than the Americans. In modifying their gratitude expressions, the Americans and the British have both similarities and differences. Both of them use the intensifier “so much” the most to intensify their grateful feelings to others, but there are some intensifiers that are used either only in the Americans or the British data. Even so, their use of specification is a little bit different because the Americans are more varied in constructing their specification than the British. They are similar in this matter because both the Americans and the British mostly used for-complement to specify their gratitude expressions.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Uncontrolled Keywords: thanking strategies; American; British; actors; Oscar; acceptance speech;
Subjects: English
English Literatures
Divisions: Fakultas Adab dan Humaniora > Program Studi Bahasa dan Sastra Inggris
Depositing User: Noer Azisi
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 06:45
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 06:45
URI: http://digilib.uinsgd.ac.id/id/eprint/20240

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