The Use of Discourse Connectives in the Written Academic Discourse of Students Majoring in Arabic and their Peers Majoring in English

  • Ons Abdi Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Kairouan, Tunisia

Abstract

The present paper explores the use of connectives in the persuasive discourse of 30 Tunisian third-year English majors and 30 Tunisian third-year Arabic majors. The study aims to look at the potential impact of Arabic rhetoric on Tunisians' EFL writing. A quantitative analysis of the students' Arabic and English essays on the same argumentative task shows the predominance of additive connectives at the clause and sentence levels and their overuse in Arabic productions. Causal connectives are the second most used category in both Arabic and English corpora. The two groups also showed comparable limited repertoires. A qualitative analysis of the data disclosed further similarities and differences in the ways connectives are used, combined and misused.
Published
May 9, 2021
How to Cite
ABDI, Ons. The Use of Discourse Connectives in the Written Academic Discourse of Students Majoring in Arabic and their Peers Majoring in English. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 01, p. 32-59, may 2021. ISSN 2490-4198. Available at: <http://arjals.com/index.php/Arab_Journal_Applied_Linguistics/article/view/300>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1234/ajal.v6i01.300.
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