Pictures, Parables, Paradoxes
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Metaphorical Eternity in Action The Nonlinguistic Realization of Death Metaphors in Iranian Culture
Metaphorical Eternity in Action
The Nonlinguistic Realization of Death Metaphors in Iranian Culture
In this paper relying on Conceptual Metaphor Theory, propounded by Lakoff and Johnson,1 I intend to find out how death metaphors are realized in Iranian culture. In other words, rather than focusing on the linguistic manifestations of death metaphors, I put emphasis on how conceptual metaphor contributes to and structures euphemistic action in Persian culture in connection with the concept of death. Furthermore, it will be shown what source domains are typically used in structuring death rituals among Iranians.
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