Discourse Analysis into the Classroom of Iraqi EFL Undergraduate Learners


What we want to say and how we say it are events often addressed by spoken discourse analysts. Behind every utterance is an illocutionary force, or the purpose of the utterance. This purpose is defined by the grammatical structures, the lexical items and the intonation used. The perlocutionary effect is the interpretation of the words. (Coulthard 1985). Thus, for the utterance to be interpreted in the intended sense, context and participant co-operation is important (Brazil 1992). The same can be said of written discourse (Moon and Caldis-Coulthard 2001).