A Dissertation Proposal Submitted to the Department of English in Fulfillment of the Requirements of the BA in Applied Linguistics Studies
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The present study aims at investigating and describing the indirect speech act of threatening and the issue of misunderstanding these acts in the Libyan context. It attempts to find whether interactants in the Libyan society fail in delivering and interpreting this kind of speech acts. It also attempts at collocating the kind of strategies are being used to express or perform their acts of threatening. In addition, what factors are involved that have an effect on their performance and interpretation. Over and above, this study aims to figure out what makes a speaker threatens his interactant indirectly rather than directly. The current study targeted 6 subjects chosen randomly from the society that represent different genders and different ages. For the purpose of this study, data is collected through analytic and descriptive method known as DCT (discourse completion test). The study revealed that people in the Libyan society fail in delivering and interpreting indirect speech acts of threatening. This study also revealed that the social distance, relationship, power, and disposition of the interactants involved in the interaction are the most factors that affect the performance and interpretation of indirect speech act of threatening. Furthermore, it revealed that interactant consider using at least one politeness strategy when performing indirect threats. The amount of the politeness strategies used when performing indirect threats is the most occurring and important reason that leads to misunderstanding these acts.