lecturer, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
The research looks at the challenges in teaching and learning of question tags in English language
The are a number of challenges encountered in the teaching and learning of English language, but the challenges in question tags have been ignored. It is therefore important for research to be undertaken to see how the students from different language background are affected.
Abstract: We investigate the use of question tags in Trinidadian English. Using a variationist pragmatics approach and spoken material from the Trinidad and Tobago component of the International Corpus of English, we describe the distribution and pragmatic functions of variant and invariant tags across four text types. Variant question tags are rare in Trinidadian English, but a range of invariant question tags is present in the corpus. Tags serve a number of pragmatic functions, and can serve multiple functions simultaneously. Text type is a strong factor influencing the frequency of tag forms and functions, with tags associated with the local creole mainly found in informal text types.
Pub.: 26 Oct '17, Pinned: 19 Apr '18