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ERIC Number: ED073728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov-24
Pages: 7
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On the Role of Discourse in the Teaching of Thai.
Oshika, Beatrice T.
Several methods illustrating how textbooks traditionally teach the use of pronouns in discourse in Thai are examined and criticized in this study. Examples of how "referential identity" and "lexical identity" are interrelated are provided. It is pointed out that (1) the semantic features of age, gender, and relationship are not sufficient to describe pronoun usage in Thai, and (2) dialogues and narratives based on rules of sentence-domain grammars do not accurately reflect the language of native speakers. The competence of the native speaker includes the skill to manipulate and vary pronouns through discourse. It is suggested that an objective of Thai language instruction should be to duplicate the behavior represented by that skill and to discover and teach the rules governing manipulations such as pronoun deletion and noun switching in sentence sequences. (RL)
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Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the American Conference of Teachers of Uncommon Asian Languages, Atlanta, Georgia, November 24, 1972