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Euphemistic metaphors in english and spanish epitaphs. A comparative study

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dc.contributor.author Crespo Fernández, Eliecer
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-22T07:40:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-22T07:40:11Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Atlantis. Journal of Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies es_ES
dc.identifier.issn 0210-6124
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10578/6691
dc.description.abstract Following the framework of Conceptual Metaphor Theory, it is the aim of this paper to analyse the conceptual organization underlying death-related metaphorical expressions in English and Spanish. With this in mind, this paper explores the similarities and differences in metaphors on a sample of epitaphs from Highgate Cemetery (London, UK) and from the Cemetery of Albacete (Albacete, Spain). As epitaphs are a breeding ground for death-related euphemism, this cross-linguistic study focuses on the different euphemistic conceptual metaphors aiming at substituting the notions of death and dying upon the gravestones in both cemeteries. The results obtained reveal that the processes of conceptualization of the topic of death are very similar in nature in both languages. Indeed, in most of the epitaphs the conceptualizations used imply a positive value-judgment of human mortality, whereas source domains with negative connotations are less frequent. The metaphorical models of death in English and Spanish also exhibit some differences: while the English epitaphs are relatively optimistic towards death, the Spanish ones bear a profound burden of political meaning and are more strongly influenced by the Christian tradition. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos es_ES
dc.format application/pdf es_ES
dc.language.iso es es_ES
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess es_ES
dc.subject Eufemismo es_ES
dc.subject Metáfora conceptual es_ES
dc.subject Tabú a la muerte es_ES
dc.subject Epitafios es_ES
dc.title Euphemistic metaphors in english and spanish epitaphs. A comparative study es_ES
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article es_ES

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