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English versus Slavic

Lexicon in a Morphological and Semantic Perspective


Edited By Ewa Konieczna and Robert Kiełtyka

This book offers a collection of papers pertaining to the most thought-provoking problems in the areas of theoretical and contrastive linguistics. The contributions are devoted to current developments in morphological and semantic theorizing. The contrastive analyses conducted by the authors examine the structure of English and selected Slavic languages.

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Birdsemy in English and Polish Idiomatic and Proverbial Expressions from the Perspective of Language and Culture (Małgorzata Górecka-Smolińska)


Małgorzata Górecka-Smolińska

Birdsemy in English and Polish Idiomatic and Proverbial Expressions from the Perspective of Language and Culture

Abstract: To begin with, let us remark that the aim of the paper is to carry out a comparative analysis of bird-based phraseology in English and Polish. The analysis will be devoted to the investigation of idiomatic and proverbial expressions derived from the following lexical items: bird, hen and dove, and shall be perceived as the complementary one to the studies led in such works as: Górecka-Smolińska (2008), Górecka-Smolińska (2009), and Górecka-Smolińska and Kleparski (2012).

It is to be hoped that on the basis of the data provided, one will observe whether bird names are equally productive as far as phraseology in the two languages is concerned. Moreover, it is our intention to present the origins of bird-derived idioms and proverbs, which may be searched for in the semantic evolution of bird, hen and dove, as well as symbolic values ascribed to the birds in question. Additionally, the purpose of the examination is to show similarities and differences in the way English and Polish lexicons employ vocabulary items designating birds, that is what aspects of human life are reflected by means of bird metaphors. We believe that the linguistic account of bird-based phraseology will illustrate the semantic transfer of bird names from the macrocategory birds onto humans.

Key words: birdsemy/bird metaphor, idiomatic expressions, proverbial expressions,...

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