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Title: Plant Metaphors for the Expression of Emotions in the English Language
Author: Orazgozel Esenova
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Linguistic Field: Discipline of Linguistics; Semantics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: One of the most fundamental human experiences is that of agriculture. Plants we grow provide our basic needs in shelter, food, medicines, clothing etc. Despite this, the role of the human experience of plants in emotion conceptualization has not been studied satisfactorily in cognitive linguistics. Therefore the paper aims to narrow this gap. The main focus of the article is the EMOTIONS ARE PLANTS metaphor. In this metaphor, stages of plant growth are systematically mapped onto the stages of emotion development. The stages of plant growth that are mapped onto the stages of emotion development are: seed, germination, budding, flowering, fruition and withering. Furthermore, the study shows that some emotions and states like acquaintance, friendship and love are understood in terms of the different stages of plant growth. This means that in the folk belief, they are viewed as different points lying of the same continuum of development and not as entirely different states. The study also sheds some light on the experiential basis of the metaphor under consideration.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Beyond Philology, An International Journal of Linguistics, Literary Studies and English Language Teaching, 5th issue, pp.7-21


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