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Compliance-gaining requests in educational contexts in Xhosa

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2004. / ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This Study investigates how favor asking may be expressed in Xhosa. Both favor asking
and requesting are situated in a context, where the meaning of each is necessarily driven
by the way the interlocutors interpret each other's speech. Again favor asking and
requesting share the same underlying intent in that a speaker tries to get a hearer to do
something. People in the working environment, more especially in the educational sector,
have lots of projects to do and they are obliged to ask for favors for such projects. In the
process of asking for favors, they are faced with a wide choice of strategies to choose
from.
In this study, the data shows consistent use of request strategies within specific contexts.
The results of this study are consistently interpretable in that the more polite is the request
for compliance; the greater is the degree of compliance.
In Xhosa, unhedged performative and obligation are request strategies with the highest
frequency of occurrence. There are also certain strategies in Xhosa that have a low
frequency, i.e., imperative, ability, hedged performative, willingness, wishes, permissions
and desire. Therefore they are not considered possible compliance strategies in Xhosa. / AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Hierdie studie ondersoek hoe die verskynsel van guns-vra in Xhosa uitgedruk word.
Sowel guns-vra en versoeke word geritueer in 'n konteks, waar die betekenis van elk
noodwendig gedryf word waarop die gesprekvoerders mekaar se spraak interpreteer.
Guns-vra en verskoning deel dieselfde onderliggende bedoeling daarin dat die spreker
poog om die hoorder iets te laat doen. Persone in die werksektor, meer spesifiek die
opvoedkundige sektor, het talle take en projekte om uit te voer en hulle het noodwendig
talle gunste om te vra vir die doeleindes van hierdie take. In die proses van gunste-vra,
het sprekers 'n wye keuse van strategieë om aan te wend.
Die data in die studie toon 'n konsekwente gebruik van versoekstrategieë in spesifieke
kontekste. Die resultate van hierdie studie is konsekwent interpreteerbaar daarin dat hoe
meer beleefd die versoek vir voldoening is, hoe groter is die graad van voldoening.
Hierdie studie toon aan dat in Xhosa, ongekwalifiseerde performatief en verpligting die
strategieë is wat die hoogste frekwensie van verskyning het. Die studie toon voorts aan
dat daar ook bepaalde strategieë in Xhosa is wat 'n lae frekwensie het, naamlik die
emperatief, vermoë, gekwalifiseerde performatief, bereidheid, wense, toestemming, en
begeerte. Dus word hierdie strategieë nie beskou as moontlike voldoeningstrategieë nie.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:netd.ac.za/oai:union.ndltd.org:sun/oai:scholar.sun.ac.za:10019.1/49891
Date03 1900
CreatorsKhuzwayo, Zoleka
ContributorsDlali, M., Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of African Languages.
PublisherStellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Languageen_ZA
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis
Format140 p.
RightsStellenbosch University

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