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The sociolinguistic competence in english of first-year students at Vista university (soweto)

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dc.contributor.author Matola MM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:33Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10051
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the sociolinguistic competence in English of a group of first-year students of English at Vista University (Soweto), various theoretical developments tied to the notion of communicative competence were outlined, and the different abilities distinguished and defined. A questionnaire-type test was administered to two groups of first-year university students of English: 21 ESL students from Vista University (Soweto) and 21 first language (l1) speakers from the RAU (norm). The data were analyzed using the analytical frameworks employed in the cross-cultural speech act realization patterns (CCSARP) project. A modified version of the same framework was adapted for analysis of the condolence speech act responses. A three-point scale was used to score the responses, and the practical significance of the differences observed was also detected by means of statistical processing of the scores. The results indicated that there were deviations from l1 speaker norms in the speech act performance of the ESL subjects. There were indications that some of the subjects in the ESL group did not have adequate proficiency in respect of certain aspects of the sociolinguistic dimension of language use. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English language en
dc.subject Use of language en
dc.title The sociolinguistic competence in english of first-year students at Vista university (soweto) en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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