Unveiling the Pragmatics of Maguindanaon Greetings

Conference: The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS2022)
Title: Unveiling the Pragmatics of Maguindanaon Greetings
Stream: Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Arlyn Traspe, Mindanao State University-Maguindanao, Philippines


Drawing from the theory of Dell Hymes' ethnography of communication(1974), this study examines the pragmatics of Maguindanaon greetings by using the tools of S. P. E. A. K. I. N. G such as situation, participants, ends, speech, acts, key, instrumentality, norms, of communication and the cultural or traditional speech genres. This employs ethnographic methodology tool that seeks to find how greetings as a socio cultural linguistic routine operate among the Maguindanaon. This investigation combines ethno-pragmatics, participant observation, in depth interview and introspection. Findings reveal that the length and content of greetings may depend on the context, setting and interlocoturs. It may be complex, simple, formal and informal. The linguistic routine of Maguindanaon greetings becomes a means of reproducing politics of dominance and social stratification that also ironically bring social cohesion and reciprocity.

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