Vol. 2,No. 8, August&September 2012

Author(s): Mandana Kolahdouz Mohamadi, Nesa Nabifar

Abstract: The present paper comparatively analyzes Persian and English proverbs based on Halliday's systemic functional approach. The aim of research is to apply experiential meta-function on Persian and English proverbs and investigate that mostly which type of process is being used in Persian and English proverbs and what are the differences and similarities between these two languages from this point of view. For this purpose a descriptive – analytic research method has been used totally on 200 Persian and English proverbs and following results have been achieved, in both languages material process is the highest percent in Persian and English languages respectively. In comparing Persian and English proverbs from the process usage perspective, Persian proverbs had highest percent in process usage except in material and existential ones.

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