«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday
Edited By Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna
Parent-Child Relationships in French Proverbs
In an attempt to spell out various mentalities, we have explored parent-child relationships with a special focus on education, as depicted by proverbs. Research conducted from a sociological, psychological, pedagogical or demographic perspective may yield complementary, or even different, conclusions in this matter. The examination of private documents may also produce statistical data inaccessible through the means of paremiology (e.g. about the age gap between two generations, the number of children, etc.). However, such an inquiry was not the aim of this paper.
2The Corpus of Proverbs Examined
Proverbs have countless definitions. They represent different stages of reflection, diverse points of view and, most of all, they serve different purposes. Since our focus is not a theoretical examination of the genre of proverbs, but rather a study of particular sayings, this paper is based on previous and generally accepted definitions (Arnaud, 1991; Mieder, 2004:2–4).
We relied on a variety of sources: Collections, monographs, studies, monolingual and multilingual dictionaries and the Internet.1 We scanned them according to certain keywords (father, mother, parent, son, daughter, child, education). The meaning of these keywords often had to be specified in the given phrase (e.g. parent 'father or mother' and not 'person belonging to the same family,' fille 'female person related to her parents' and not 'female child or young adult'). We included proverbs related to our topic, but also used to express other ideas, e.g. Lorsque...
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