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A Semantic and Cultural Study of Animal Expressions in English and Persian

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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International Poster Session

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22.97.1 - 22.97.10



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Fakhteh Nakhavali Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

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Animal Expressions and Communicational Misunderstanding Estaji, Azam Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Estaji @ Nakhavaly, Fakhteh1 Ferdowi University of Mashhad Fakhteh – Nakhavaly @ Abstract This study is based on corpora of animal expressions in English, Persian, and some other languages. In thisresearch animal expressions are examined based on Hsieh’s (2006) approach of semantic features to explore thesalient meanings and the cultural backgrounds. Animal expressions may reveal thoughts, emotions, culture, andcustom of people in a language society. The analysis of some English and Persian proverbs shows that in spite ofcultural and social differences between English and Persian, the salient semantic properties derived from the namesof some animals like: pig, dog, cat, owl, and crow” are somehow similar. It is important to say that the names of these animals are chosen based on the cultural and communicationalmisunderstanding that they will cause in translation.1 - Corresponding Author

Nakhavali, F. (2011, June), A Semantic and Cultural Study of Animal Expressions in English and Persian Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17379

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