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ERIC Number: ED184377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Health to Our Mouths: Formulaic Expressions in Turkish and Greek. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.
Tannen, Deborah; Oztek, Piyale Comert
Speakers of Turkish and Greek make far more extensive use of formulaic expressions than do speakers of English. Many of these formulas are situation-oriented, and accompany anxiety-provoking events, happy events, and the act of establishing rapport. Illness, death, leave-taking, and good fortune are among events typically accompanied by formulas. Other expressions are psycho-ostensive, showing the speaker's attitude toward an event. Typically, these formulas are designed to petition for good circumstances or ward off evil ones. Many of these sayings invoke a deity, but others are simply succinct admonitions toward a desirable end (e.g., Turkish "hayrola,""may it be good"). Finally, many expressions perform a social function at events such as weddings and childbirth. This category of sayings reveals a great deal about social structure and cultural values--a Greek will often use a formulaic apology in discourse about his daughters. A list of Greek and Turkish formulas, ranked according to obligatoriness, is appended. (JB)
Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($8.20 for entire Proceedings)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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