Volume 27, Issue 2
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  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943
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In this paper, using the tenets of (SBUs) (Kecskes 20002010) and referring to (PAT) (Mey 2001), the verb (‘to die’ in English), and its different realisations are analysed among Persian speakers. Through the analysis of authentic talk in interaction, this study aims to ponder nonstandard (situation-derived) meanings of the term and its different SBUs. The primary focus of the study is on strings of linguistic events as well as the “conventions of usage” (Morgan 1978) or cultural understanding that may lead to standard and nonstandard meanings considering and its different SBUs. The findings suggest that the SBUs regarding , a neglected sociolinguistic context, not only is affected by its actual situational characteristics but also by prior context encoded in utterances used, which manifests culture-specific ways of thinking (Capone 2018Wong 2010). Overall, 19 SBUs and 7 generic categories were identified with regard to the verb in Persian. This paper exhibits that is a versatile verb, which, when combined with situational/contextual factors, conveys different nonstandard functions that fulfil social needs. This study will also refer to linguistic features underlying SBUs that are influential in assigning various distinct meanings to the verb in Persian.


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