Performative Speech Acts of Non-Verbal Communication in Iraqi Conversations


The present study deals with the socio-pragmatics of sign language in Iraqi Arabic conversations. It concentrates on nonverbal actions of indirect speech acts including refusal ,threat , greeting , etc. Generally, a speaker may resort to such nonverbal actions when he is entirely out of mood or when he has intimate relationship with others (i.e. he speaks informally). These signs vary from one culture to another, for what is considered to be offensive speech act in one community, might not be so in others. Iraqis , speaking informally, express their feelings through non-verbal actions of refusal , threat , promise , greeting , insult and disrespect. A set of gestures and facial expressions can be more effective than speech because these are psychologically and socially bound which have direct relation to the strategy of power / solidarity norms.