Thanking Expressions in Persian: Frequency, Combination and Gender-Linked Differences

6 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2020

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Zahra Farajnezhad

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad branch, Isfahan

Heidar Nosratzadeh

English Department, Damavand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran

Seyed Omid Tabatabaei

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Najafabad Branch

Date Written: October 29, 2019

Abstract

The present study is a research into the frequency, combination and gender-linked differences in thanking forms and strategies in Persian. The investigation is based on a corpus of 450 naturally occurring thanking exchanges, collected through an ethnographic method of observation. The results revealed that (1) Four explicit expression of thanking (Kheyli mamnoon, Daste shoma dard nakone, Merci, moteshakkeram) was the most common thanking strategies in Persian; (2) People thank more in return for getting/taking something than for others actions and they use single forms rather than larger stretches; and (3) Males use more nonstandard forms of thanking than females do; however, preferences for using these forms seem to be culture-specific.

Keywords: thanking, common form, gender, difference, preferences

JEL Classification: Z30

Suggested Citation

Farajnezhad, Zahra and Nosratzadeh, Dr. Heidar and Tabatabaei, Dr. Seyed Omid, Thanking Expressions in Persian: Frequency, Combination and Gender-Linked Differences (October 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3511187 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3511187

Zahra Farajnezhad (Contact Author)

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad branch, Isfahan ( email )

Iran

Dr. Heidar Nosratzadeh

English Department, Damavand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran ( email )

Damavand, Tehran 168178989
Iran

Dr. Seyed Omid Tabatabaei

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Najafabad Branch ( email )

Iran
Iran
Najafabad, Isfahan
Iran

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