The Semantic Meaning and the Pragmatic Function of Animal Proverbs: A Contrastive Study between Arabic and English Proverbs
Keywords:Animals, Comparison, Pragmatics, Proverbs, Semantics
AbstractThe semantic nature of proverbial expressions forms a big challenge for linguists who are interested in the analysis of the functions of proverbs among languages, bearing in mind the cultural differences which exist between them and the role that these differences play in the semantic interpretation of these expressions. This study aims at highlighting the semantic meaning and the pragmatic function of animal names in Arabic and English proverbs besides showing the importance of the similarities and the differences between Arabic and English proverbs. Although there are many different animal proverbs in Arabic and English, some animals share universal cognition, while others have different cognition in Arabic and English. So the same conceptual metaphor occurs in animal proverbs both in Arabic and English.
Al-Askari, A. (1988). Jamharat Al-Amthal ( 2nd ed., Vol. 2). Lebanon: Dar Al- Fikr.
Al-Sudais, M. (1993). A selection of current Najdi- Arabic proverbs. A critical and comparative study Arabic-English. Librairie du Liban Publishers.
Al-Sudais, M. S. (1976). A critical and comparative study of modern Najdi Arabic Proverbs (Doctoral dissertation, University of Leeds).
Al-Zoubi, I. M. I. (1999). The translatability of animal names in the Holy Quran and related matters (Doctoral dissertation, Yarmouk University).
Cuddon , J. A. (1984). A dictionary of literary terms. USA: Penguin Books.
Krikmann, A. (2001). Proverbs on Animal Identity: Typological Memoirs. In Electronic Journal of Folklore, Vol. 17, pp. 8-84
Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M .(2003). Metaphors We Live By .Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press.
Lakoff, G. & Turner, M. (1989). More than Cool Reason. A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Mieder, W. (2004). Proverbs : A Handbook. Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Publishing Group.
Norrick, N, R. (1985). How Proverbs Mean? Semantic Studies in English Proverbs. Mouton: Amesterdam.
Ridout, R & Clifford, W. (1969). English proverbs explained. London: Pan Books ltd.
Wierzbicka, A. (1985). Lexicography and Conceptual Analysis. Michigan :Karoma, Ann Arbor.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2021 Yakout Khelf
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.