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Title:My eyes are red: body metaphor in Chumburung
Abstract:Research into terms for emotions has found that they are often expressed in metaphors with specific body parts, such as the heart. This study of Chumburung body metaphor looks first at how body parts are used in a locative way to describe the outside world. Then it turns inward, seeking to show that it is not only emotions, but also actions and characteristics that are expressed in such metaphors. Finally some proverbs and some of the senses are investigated to see if they yield the same or different metaphors. It is suggested that often these picturesque uses of language are the only way to express certain concepts in Chumburung. Some thoughts are given concerning cross cultural variation in expressing emotion.
Les études de la terminologie des émotions font paraître l'usage fréquent de métaphores faisant allusion à des parties particulières du corps, tel que le coeur. La présente étude des métaphores corporelles en chumburung examine d'abord comment les parties du corps sont utilisées de manière locative pour décrire le monde externe. Elle tourne ensuite l'attention vers la situation interne, tentant de démontrer que ce ne sont pas uniquement les émotions mais aussi certaines actions et caractéristiques qu'expriment de telles métaphores. L'étude se termine par un examen de proverbes et de la terminologie des sens pour voir si on y trouve des métaphores pareilles ou différentes. On propose que ces usages pittoresques de la langue fournissent souvent la seule manière d'exprimer certains concepts en chumburung. Pour conclure on offre quelques réflexions sur les manières dont diverses cultures expriment les émotions.
Contributor (author):Hansford, Gillian F.
Date (W3CDTF):2005
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/3403
Extent:pages 135-180
Identifier (URI):http://journalofwestafricanlanguages.org/jwal1/index.php/downloads/summary/143-volume-32-numbers-1-2/440-my-eyes-are-red-body-metaphor-in-chumburung
Is Part Of:Journal of West African Languages
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GH
Subject:Chumburung language
Subject (ISO639):ncu
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Hansford, Gillian F. 2005. Journal of West African Languages.
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