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«Bis dat, qui cito dat»

«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday

Edited By Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna

Bis dat, qui cito dat – never has a proverb more aptly applied to an individual than does this Medieval Latin saying to Wolfgang Mieder. «He gives twice who gives quickly» captures the essence of his entire career, his professional as well as personal life. As a Gegengabe, this international festschrift honors Wolfgang Mieder on the occasion of his seventieth birthday for his contributions to world scholarship and his kindness, generosity, and philanthropy. Seventy-one friends and colleagues from around the world have contributed sixty-six essays in six languages to this volume, representative of the scope and breadth of his impressive scholarship in paremiology, folklore, language, and literature. This gift in return provides new insights from acknowledged experts from various fields of research.
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A Cognitive Stylistic Perspective of Use of Proverbs

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Anita Naciscione

A proverb in the hand is often worth a thousand words.1

1Introduction: A Cognitive Perspective

A cognitive perspective of proverbs means that as part of the system of language2 proverbs are viewed as one of the modes of reflecting thought and conceptualization, grounded in sensory perception, embodied experiences3 and the external world. In the cognitive view, proverbs arise from figurative thought and human ability to think figuratively, including the cognitive skills of abstraction and generalization. Stylistic use of proverbs in discourse reveals change and development of human thought. Our thoughts are not static; they are dynamic. In discourse they form a flow of thoughts, disclosing a new perception and comprehension as a reaction to changes in our own sensory perception and to political, social and cultural factors, creating a new form and meaning, and forming figurative networks in discourse.

2Mieder's Contribution to Stylistic Use of Proverbs

Wolfgang Mieder is a prolific scholar who has made a huge contribution to the development of paremiology in numerous aspects. This contribution is invaluable not only for the general advancement of paremiology as a special field of research but has also provided motivation and encouragement to many researchers in various areas of paremiology. As Archer Taylor is called the father of paremiological research (see, for instance, Taylor's famous book, 1931), so Mieder is truly the father of modern paremiology. In this short article I would like to give a brief...

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