‘Griping’ as a verbal ritual in some israeli discourse

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This paper examines the speech mode known in colloquial Israeli Hebrew as kiturim or kuterai, whose closest English equivalent would be ‘griping’. As many Israelis concede, and some lament, griping has become an ever-present speech activity in informal encounters among Israelis. So much so that Friday night gatherings in Israeli homes, which form the major context for middle-class Israelis to get together socially, have earned the label mesibot kiturim, that is, ‘griping parties’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Communication and Intercultural Contact
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0805801677, 9781136691409
ISBN (Print)9780805807271
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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© 1990 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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