A Cognitive Semantic Study of selected English and Kurdish Proverbs in the Light of Conceptual Blending Theory


  • Nyan Kamil Ghafour Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, University of Halabja, Halabja City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq




Cognitive Semantics, Proverbs, Conceptual Blending Theory, Generic Space, Blended Space


Despite of having many proverbs in both English and Kurdish languages with the same image and conveying the same message, there are, at the same time, many proverbs in both languages that convey the same message with different images. This study is an attempt to find such proverbs in both languages to show the similarities that are found and how the Conceptual Blending Theory (CBT) works through analyzing the selected proverbs according to the mental spaces of the theory. The results of analyzing the proverbs according to CB has shown that despite of having differences in context, structure and culture, there are proverbs in different languages with different elements that give the same message. Depending on the analysis of the results, it is concluded that CBT is applicable to the analysis of proverbs in different languages and proverbs are universal phenomenon, with high communicative and instructive power. It is also concluded that there are proverbs in different languages that have the same proposition.


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How to Cite

Kamil Ghafour, N. . . (2020). A Cognitive Semantic Study of selected English and Kurdish Proverbs in the Light of Conceptual Blending Theory. Halabja University Journal, 5(4), 57-70. https://doi.org/10.32410/huj-10340

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