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Contrastive Analysis of Dog 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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22.380.1 - 22.380.7



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Fakhteh Nakhavali Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

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Contrastive analysis of Dog expressions in English and Persian Pahlavannezhad, MohammadReza Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Nakhavaly, Fakhteh Ferdowsi University of MashhadAbstractThis study is based on corpora of Animal Expressions in English and Persian. In this research dog expressions areexamined based on Hsieh’s (2006) approach of semantic molecules to explore the salient Meanings and the culturalbackgrounds. Animal expressions may reveal people's thoughts, emotions, culture, and customs. The analysis ofabout ten thousand Persian and English proverbs shows that there are 207 Persian and 97 English "dog" expressions.In spite of cultural and social differences between English and Persian, the salient semantic properties derived fromthe name of this animal are nearly the same. The main semantic molecules of the word "dog" are "worthless, bad –tempered, cruel, violent" in both languages.

Nakhavali, F. (2011, June), Contrastive Analysis of Dog Expressions in English and Persian Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17661

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