The Social Sciences

Year: 2018
Volume: 13
Issue: 6
Page No. 1127 - 1132

A Semantic Study of Color Metaphors in Kurdish and English: A Contrastive Study

Authors : Hiba Esmail Gharib and Mazen Ismaeel Ghareb

Abstract: The study under investigation is a contrastive study that concentrates on the metaphoric uses of color terms in Kurdish and English with reference to proverbs and idioms in those two languages. The study is conducted within the framework of cognitive linguistics and it adopts basically the revised model of in which he deals metaphor as a cognitive cultural phenomenon. Color terms are used in many proverbs and idioms in both languages and this study investigates the metaphoric-semantic background of the use of specific colors in Kurdish and English and why languages vary and contrast in their uses of color metaphors. The differences that are found in the two languages are attributed to the culture-specific nature of the color metaphors in those languages. I propose that even the color terms in different languages refer to the same color in the real world but the use of those color terms in different languages vary according to cultural, norms and uses of those colors. I also propose that there will be some similarities in the use of the proverbs that have color terms due to the universal norms.

How to cite this article:

Hiba Esmail Gharib and Mazen Ismaeel Ghareb, 2018. A Semantic Study of Color Metaphors in Kurdish and English: A Contrastive Study. The Social Sciences, 13: 1127-1132.

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