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Short Paper: Metaphorization of the Concept of „Dignity“ in English and Bulgarian – a Cognitiv Linguistic Analysis


Authors:
Anna Kostova Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Pages: 161-170

Abstract:

This paper presents a cognitive linguistic analysis of selected aspects of the semantics of ‘dignity’ in Bulgarian and English. First, it introduces a general definition of the concept of ‘dignity’ as understood by native speakers of English and develops an account encompassing the multi-aspectual metaphor-based culturally entrenched nature of ‘dignity’. Second, it offers a discussion of the corresponding Bulgarian concept „достойнство” and how this concept is represented linguistically, followed by an analysis in terms of conceptual metaphor with some references to the English concept of ‘dignity’.

Keywords:

metaphor, conceptual metaphor, culture, worldview, linguistic worldview

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