Thanking Expressions in Persian: Frequency, Combination and Gender-Linked Differences
6 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2020
Date Written: October 29, 2019
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: Suggested Citation