Comparison of How Arabic and English Foreign Language Learners Compliment and Respond to Praises

  • Kamsinah Kamsinah Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Yuliyanah Sain Universitas Muhammadiyah Kendari, Kendari, Indonesia
  • Nurazizah Aliah Universitas Terbuka, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Nurasia Natsir Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Yappi Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
Keywords: Pragmatics, failure, English students, Arabic students


Researching the speech acts performed between Arabic and English speakers is one of the popular trends in pragmatic research. However, the majority of previous studies have only obtained data from native Arabic and English speakers, or Arabic natives who are learning English as a foreign language. This study intends to fill the research gap of comparing the speech acts of giving praise and responding to praise made by students who are studying both English and Arabic as their foreign languages. This descriptive study used two instruments, namely a discourse completion task questionnaire consisting of twelve scenarios and an interview, involving 70 English learners and 70 Arabic learners from UIN Alauddin Makassar which is the only university in Indonesia that offers the unique Foreign Language Intensification Development (PIBA) program. Results have determined that the dominant praise strategies of Arabic learners are awe and congratulating, while English learners tend to use surprise and congratulating strategies. Both language learners dominantly use the strategies of giving appreciation and reassigning praises as their praise response strategies. This study concluded that Arabic foreign language learners tend to have a small repertoire of praise and praise response strategies, while English foreign language learners’ arsenal of strategies is much more diverse.


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Author Biographies

Kamsinah Kamsinah, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia

Kamsinah is a senior lecturer at Hasanuddin University Makassar. Actively conducting research and publishing articles in the field of education and linguistics, Sociolinguistics and pragmatics. Kamsinah hold a Doctoral degree from Hasanuddin University, Makassar in the field of linguistics.

Yuliyanah Sain, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kendari, Kendari, Indonesia

Yuliyanah Sain is a senior lecturer at the Muhammadiyah University of Kendari who actively conducts research and publications. Her current research and teaching activities are in the areas of sociolinguistics and anthropolinguistics. Yuliyanah gained her Doctoral degree from Hasanuddin University Makassar in the field of Linguistics.

Nurazizah Aliah, Universitas Terbuka, Makassar, Indonesia

Nuraziza Aliah is a lecturer at the Universitas Terbuka who actively conducts research and publications in the field of Education and Linguistics. She hold a Doctoral degree from Hasanuddin University. 

Nurasia Natsir, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Yappi Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia

Nurasia Natsir is a senior lecturer at the Yappi Makassar College of Administrative Sciences actively conducts research and publications in the fields of education and linguistics. Nurasia hold a Doctoral degree in Linguistics from Hasanuddin University Makassar.


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How to Cite
Kamsinah, K., Sain, Y., Aliah, N., & Natsir, N. (2022). Comparison of How Arabic and English Foreign Language Learners Compliment and Respond to Praises. REiLA : Journal of Research and Innovation in Language, 4(2), 158-169.
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