الأربعاء , 1 ديسمبر 2021
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A Linguistic Study of Comment Clauses in the American Series “Friends”

A Linguistic Study of Comment Clauses in the American Series “Friends”

Tabarak  Aboud  Ali Abbas

tabarakaboodaliaboodali@gmail.com

                             Asst .Prof. Huda Abed Ali Hattab

                       engmsahuda1978@yahoo.com

University of Baghdad /College of Education (Ibn rushed) for Human Sciences

 

Abstract:

 

The present study is a linguistic study of  comment clauses in the American Series ‘Friends’ .Comment clauses refer to those clauses which comment on the content of the main clause or the attitude of the speaker towards the way of speaking .The problem of this study is to answer the following questions ; what types of comment clauses can be used in the face- to –face conversations ,  for what functions  these comment clauses could be  used , and how these comment clauses are used by the participants of these conversations . This study is a qualitative one .

The study aims to investigate the types of comment clauses used in the American Series “Friends’. The study also aims to investigate the pragmatic functions of these comment clauses and how they are used by the participants of the conversations in the American Series ‘Friends’ .The researcher assumes that  comment clauses are highly used in the American Series ‘Friends’ and ,due to the variety of the conversations , many types of comment clauses are used in these conversations . The data of the study is  conversations of  the first episode of  seasons ( 1,2,5,6,9,10) of the American Series ‘Friends’ .The data of the study has been analyzed by adopting Quirk et al (1985) classification and functions  of comment clauses .

The analysis of the conversations shows that the  type of comment clauses   used in these  conversations is that which is similar to the matrix of the main clause. Throughout the whole conversations , only the following forms of comment clauses are used : ‘I mean’, ‘you know’ , and ‘I know’. The analysis also shows that these comment clauses occurred  in the initial , middle  , and final positions of these conversations .The findings reveal  that these comment clauses have different pragmatic  functions ;  to express the speaker’s certainty of his main statement , to put things right and express the main statement probably ,to attract the listener’s attention ,to make sure that the listener fully understands the content of communication , and to express the speaker’s informality and warmth towards the hearer .

 

Key Words : (Comment clauses , The American Series ‘Friends” , pragmatic functions  of comment clauses , linguistic study) .

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