Linguistic Taboos in the Pahari Culture: A Sociolinguistic Analysis

Anwar Behzad, Waseem Malik, Sara Azam


The present study aims to explore the linguistic taboos prevalent in the Pahari society. This research adopts qualitative approach because of its scope in socio-cultural norms and settings. The data collected for this study is based on observations made by the researchers from the Pahari culture in a local setting. The Politeness theory (Brown and Levinson 1978, 1987) has been used in this research as a theoretical framework. Three types of taboos have been explored; religion related taboos, decorum related taboos, and morality related taboos. The taboos present in the Pahari culture are not only verbal but non-verbal also and there are certain examples of cultural specific category of taboos.

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