Conceptual metaphors in taboo-induced lexical variation

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Title: Conceptual metaphors in taboo-induced lexical variation
Authors: Crespo Fernández, Eliecer
Research Group/s: Lexicología y Lexicografía
Keywords: Taboo | Conceptual metaphors | X-phemistic vocabulary
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: CRESPO FERNÁNDEZ, Eliecer. “Conceptual metaphors in taboo-induced lexical variation”. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. No. 24 (2011). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 53-71
Abstract: Taboo is deeply woven into every culture and society, which is obviously reflected in vocabulary. Indeed, taboo keeps language users from avoiding the forbidden concept and compels them to preserve or violate it, which leads to endless series of cross varietal synonyms for forbidden concepts. In this process, though metaphor stands out as a potent source for euphemistic and dysphemistic reference, the analysis of conceptual metaphor in the Lakoffian tradition as a X-phemistic device has not been dealt with in depth so far. In this regard, the main aim of this paper is twofold: to gain an insight into the process of metaphorical X-phemistic lexical replacements triggered by taboo and explore the role the process of lexicalization of metaphorical units plays in sex and death-related X-phemistic vocabulary. The analysis undertaken demonstrates that whereas lexicalized metaphorical units are deprived of their capacity to conceptualize the taboo in particular terms, both semi-lexicalized and creative metaphors suit the purpose of euphemism and dysphemism by conceptualizing a taboo topic within a conceptual network, which accounts for the X-phemistic function of metaphorical items.
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ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2011.24.03
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses - 2011, No. 24
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