Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture and Education 2015
ISBN 978-967-13140-7-4

To Say Or Not To Say: Message Abandonment As Communication Strategy In Group Discussion

Siti Mariam Mohammad Iliyas

Universiti Teknologi MARA


The idea of communication strategies involves the systematic, automated action taken by a speaker when he is dealing with difficulties to convey his meaning when speaking. It is not always verbal, and by simply abandoning the message, it also counted as a strategy in communication. This study looks into the usage of message abandonment as communication strategy among language learners in group discussion. This study is a qualitative representative case study, and the basis of this study is the taxonomy of communication strategy proposed by Dӧrnyei (1995). Details and descriptions on the usage of message abandonment during group discussion which involved both high and low proficiency learners are reported in this study. The findings indicate that both high and low proficiency learners apply this communication strategy in their spoken discourse. Furthermore, it is also revealed that there are differences in terms of the reason of the usage of such strategy.


Message Abandonment, Communication Strategies, Group Discussion

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