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Conversational strategies in Farsi complaints: the case of Iranian complainees
International Journal of Language Studies (2008)
  • Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan
In a study of the effects of complainees' sex, age, perceived situational seriousness, and social class on the use of conversational strategies in their response to complaining behavior of complainers, 465 subjects of varying age, sex, and social class were observed and tape recorded in spontaneous conversation by 25 field workers. The field workers also filled out a checklist that provided the data of the study, which were then input into two nonparametric tests: (a) Mann-Whitney U Test, and (b) Kruskal Wallis H Test. The results of data analysis showed that sex and social class caused the differential use of two conversational strategies whereas perceived situational seriousness caused the differential use of only one strategy. The results also indicated that age resulted in the differential use of none of the conversational strategies in questions.
Publication Date
Spring April 1, 2008
Citation Information
Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2008). Conversational Strategies in Farsi Complaints: The Case of Iranian Complainers. International Journal of Language Studies, 2(2), 187-214.