The Study of Implicature in Quran
This study compared the quantity and type of implicatures that could be identified in two long chapters of Quran (both including 111 verses). The first chapter was ‘Yusof’ or ‘Joseph’, which is mainly about the prophet Joseph’s life story, and the second chapter was ‘Asra’ or ‘The Night Journey’, which is not based on a particular story. It was investigated to see whether more implicatures, especially conversational implicatures, could be found in Joseph chapter as the focus was on telling a story, and how these implicatures were commonly created. Upon careful reading and analysis of these two chapters both in the original Arabic text and in their English translations, 17 implicatures were identified in Joseph chapter (9 conversational and 8 conventional), and 8 implicatures were identified in Asra chapter (4 conversational and 4 conventional). The study highlights the prevalence of implicatures in Quran, how Quranic implicatures are commonly formed, the difference between story-based and non-story-based chapters of Quran in relation to implicatures, and finally the value of teaching language learners implicatures through awareness-raising activities in order to contribute to their communicative competence.
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