Quick search
Go!

CULTURAL IDENTITIES MIRRORED THROUGH ENGLISH IDIOMS AND PROVERBS


GABRIELA ANDRIOAI
“Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău Romania

Issue:

CP, Number 23

Section:

No. 23 (2018)

Abstract:

Generally speaking, we may view language as a cultural product with specific semantic references. Therefore, when dealing with such a complex phenomenon, we need to determine first, the way in which culture and language interact. If, by learning a foreign language, we get into contact with the cultural identity of a specific nation, then culture becomes its reference point and language turns into an indispensable tool which facilitates our understanding of the culture itself. If we assume this idea, then culture becomes a product of the human interaction. This close relationship between language and culture manifests into conventionalized language, especially in idiomatic expressions which beautifully reflect cultural significance. The scope of this study is not only to establish the way in which language and culture blend but also to explore the British cultural background by analysing, from a cognitive linguistic point of view, relevant metaphoric expressions found in idiomatic expressions and proverbs that speak about the identity of a nation.

Keywords:

cultural identity, metaphor, cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphor, idiomatic expressions, proverbs.

Code [ID]:

CP201823V00S01A0001 [0004784]

Note:


Copyright (c) 1995-2007 University of Bacău