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ERIC Number: ED322726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Modes of Greetings in Nepali.
Giri, Ram Ashish
The greeting systems in Nepali are derived from the Hindu ethos and religious culture, and can be traced back to Hindu sacred writing. However, as tied to conventions as they are, these systems are also the product of an interplay of socio-cultural factors. A study found that despite exposure to education and Western culture, Nepali modes of greeting are still traditional in several ways. A Nepali greeting may have three components: an address to the interlocutor, a verbal form, and a nonverbal activity in the form of a number of gestures. The address may precede or follow the verbal form. Sometimes the address and verbal form may be absent altogether. In greetings between members of opposite sexes, hugging and handshakes are unacceptable, and some degree of formality is maintained. Differences in educational level, caste, and role in society appear to create social distance even between friends. Spatio-temporal settings do not appear to influence greeting exchanges except in workplace situations in which colleagues tend to be more formal. Further research is recommended. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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