Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(5), pp. 344 - 353
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050503
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A Cognitive Analysis of Woman Metaphors in Ekegusii Language

Aunga Solomon Onchoke 1,*, Xu Wen 2,3
1 Department of English and Linguistics, Southwest University, China
2 Dean College of International Studies, Southwest University, China
3 Department of English and Linguistics, College of International Studies, China


It has been argued by linguists that language expresses a people's way of life; this paper examines a cultural-specific metaphor in Ekegusii, an African Bantu language in Kenya since a metaphor makes our thoughts clearer, richer with imagery, and, act as a conduit between human mind and culture. A qualitative research design was used in the collection of the metaphors from the two counties of Gusii, Nyamira and Kisii, where 60 native respondents were picked and asked to identify and explain terms and phrases that describe a woman in Ekegusii, describe the social-cultural values and explain the mapping processes involved. The data was analyzed by identifying qualities in the donor domains and mapping them to the recipient domain using the Cognitive Metaphor Theory (CMT). It is clear from the results that in Ekegusii, a woman is perceived as an object, a plant, an animal or the appropriate behavior she exhibits based on the values such as immorality, selfishness, beauty, ugliness, harshness, talkativeness, age, and faithfulness, and also, the cultural background plays an important role in the conceptualization and interpretation of these metaphors. Finally, we recommend more research of metaphors in other languages to enable comparisons.

Metaphor, Cognitive Linguistics, Culture, Woman, Ekegusii

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[1] Aunga Solomon Onchoke , Xu Wen , "A Cognitive Analysis of Woman Metaphors in Ekegusii Language," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 344 - 353, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050503.

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Aunga Solomon Onchoke , Xu Wen (2017). A Cognitive Analysis of Woman Metaphors in Ekegusii Language. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(5), 344 - 353. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050503.