Condolences in English
journal of kerbala university,
2013, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 1-10
AbstractThe main function of language is as communication medium . Language allows people to say things to each other and to express their communicative needs .In the interaction setting , people make use of language variation .This interaction causes them to use certain utterances which are used for specific goals or purposes . A condolence utterance is one of these utterances. Condolences are one of the communicative speech acts. They are expressions which are designed to convey one's sympathy on the occasion of someone's death . Losing someone close is a very painful experience. One can never really underestimate the power that words hold. In times of grief, especially, they provide utmost comfort. It is always comforting for the bereaved to hear kind words from his relatives or friends. So , condolences are very important.
The present study is an attempt to make a linguistic presentation to the concept of condolences in English . This study aims at describing condolences from a semantic and a pragmatic point of view. Moreover, this study is intended to show the grammatical structures of condolences.
The first part of this study is devoted to the theoretical framework of condolences. It involves six sections . Section one deals with the concept of condolences. Section two shows the categories of condolences. Section three tackles the description of condolences from a semantic point of view while section four tackles it from a pragmatic point of view . Section five explains how condolences can be explicit whereas section six shows how they can be implicit. The second part of the study provides the practical analysis of condolences in certain messages sent to offer condolences about the death of different people. Finally, the conclusion sums up the results of the study.
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