Bodily-based conceptual metaphors in Ashéninka Perené myths and folk stories

Mihas, Elena (2012) Bodily-based conceptual metaphors in Ashéninka Perené myths and folk stories. In: Idström, Anna, and Piirainen, Elisabeth, (eds.) Endangered Metaphors. Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts, 2 . John Benjamins Publishing Company, Germany, pp. 145-159.

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The paper examines a range of conceptual metaphors which serve as key elements of Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) myths and folk tales, and aims at situating them in the context of Amazonian high jungle dwellers' culture. Based on fieldwork conducted in 2009–2011 in lowland Peru, the paper gives a brief outline of the current sociolinguistic status of the language, indigenous economy, and aspects of speakers' cultural beliefs. The bulk of the paper is devoted to the discussion of three conceptual metaphors which underlie oral native texts, namely body is animal prey; body is clothing; body is fabrication. Seeking to account for the attested metaphors, the paper concludes with a discussion of indigenous conceptual frameworks of cosmocentric animism and perspectivism.

Item ID: 26242
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-272-0405-9
ISSN: 1879-8047
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Funders: National Science Foundation, Endangered Languages Documentation Program
Projects and Grants: NSF (BCS-0901196), Endangered Languages Documentation Program Small Grant 0002 in 2009-11
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 05:44
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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