Contrastive Rhetoric: Issues, Insights, and Pedagogy

Contrastive Rhetoric: Issues, Insights, and Pedagogy


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The essays in this volume explore the field of contrastive rhetoric—the study of how a person’s first language (L1) and culture influence the acquisition of another language. Contrastive rhetoric encourages inquiry into various levels of discourse and text, examining the conventions and rhetorical structures of L1 and their influence on the use of another language. It also studies the cognitive dimensions of transfer in relation to both writing and speech.
The four sections of this volume—focusing on writing and translation, diglossia, second language acquisition, and pragmatics—cover a broad spectrum of studies in the field of contrastive rhetoric, with essays by some of its leading scholars from Cyprus, Egypt, Hong Kong, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The collection will be invaluable to language teachers, students of applied linguistics, and anyone interested in second language acquisition and related issues.
Contributors: Nahwat El Arousy, Reem Bassiouney, Ulla Connor, Mohammed Farghal, Ola Hafez, Martin Harfmann, Julide Inozu, Georgette Ioup, Mona Kamel Hassan, Miranda Lee, Zuhal Okan, Mona Osman, Andreas Papapavlou, Paul Stevens, Hulya Yumru, Izzedin al-Zou’bi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774248290
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 05/15/2004
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nagwa Kassabgy is an English language instructor in the English Language Institute of the American University in Cairo.

Zeinab Ibrahim is a Senior Language Teacher at the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo, and president of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 2002-2004.

Sabiha Aydelott is an English language instructor in the Qatar Foundation in Doha.

Table of Contents

About the Contributorsix
Cases in Writing/Translation
Contrastive Rhetoric: Old and New Directions1
Contrasting Arabic and German School Essays25
Rhetoric in English Narratives of Native Speakers and Second-language Learners47
The Qur'anic Definite Article in Translation: The Case of Citing Animals61
Verbal Fluency in Bidialectal Settings: The Case of the Greek Cypriot Dialect69
Classical and Colloquial Arabic: Are They Used Appropriately by Non-native Speakers?83
Diglossic Switching in the Egyptian Speech Community: Implications for Teaching Spoken Egyptian Arabic95
Studies in Second Language Acquisition
The Debate over Grammar Instruction: Accommodating Both Positions115
A Constructivist View of Learning Strategies131
A Learner-based Approach to Writing Improvement: Using "Repertory Grid Technique" as a Learning Tool143
Politeness and Pragmatic Failure: Speakers' Intentions and Hearers' Perceptions in L2 Apologies155
Hyperbolic Expressions in Egyptian Arabic and British English171
Hedging in Arabic: A Pragma-syntactic Perspective193

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