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Kheyli khoshhāl shodam!: Indirect speech acts in three Persian movies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A remarkable component in Iranian interpersonal behavior is the use of indirect speech acts. To give an example, a way to lead a telephone conversation to its end is through the utterance “Kheyli khoshhāl shodam!” [I was really happy [talking to you]!]. The aim of this thesis has been to view indirect speech acts in Persian to further view in what forms and situations they occur, and by whom they are used. The material of this thesis consists of three movies – Mehmān-e māmān, Ātash bas and Zāpās. By watching each movie and extracting the instances in which indirect speech acts occurred, the data was analyzed as per the theoretical framework of the speech act theory by John Searle. The results show that indirect speech acts mostly occur in distant relationships, such as between co-workers/bosses and neighbors in-between; and in power relationships, such as lieutenant/troublemaker and judge/civil person. Indirect speech acts also occur in close relationships, such as between married couples, and in hierarchical close relationships such as father/daughter, uncle/nephew. Further, politeness/impoliteness also occurred in some indirect speech acts in distant/hierarchical relationships. The overall function of the indirect speech acts were orders and requests.

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2018. , p. 30
Keywords [en]
Speech act theory, indirect speech acts, interpersonal communication, John Searle
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390477DiVA, id: diva2:1341765
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Iranian Languages
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Available from: 2019-09-05 Created: 2019-08-11 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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