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Title: LOVE IS OUR ENEMY: Opponent Metaphors in Amharic
Authors: Derib, Ado
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 24-Sep-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Traditionally metaphor is the concern of literature: it is one of the figures of speech. In most cases, therefore, discussions on metaphor are related to some poem, short story or novel. Contrary to this tradition, this paper discusses metaphor as an object of linguistics: an everyday phenomenon found in everyone’s speech. This paper is concerned with metaphor as a vehicle of thinking in a language. The discussion is based on Lakoff and Johnson (1980) who state that we understand complex and abstract concepts in terms of the simple and elementary or basic experiences. I have adopted the theory of cognitive semantics of Lakoff (1987). I will present a single metaphorical concept which is referred to as ‘Opponent Metaphor’ and illustrate that that abstract concepts like love, fear, worry etc are understood as opponents/enemies/ in Amharic.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1349
Appears in:ILS Proceedings - The 19th Annual Conference

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