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2011 | 8 | 21-54
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Conceptualizations of death

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The research presented in this paper aims to identify various ways in which the native speakers of English conceptualize the notion of death. This is achieved through the examination of numerous expressions, mainly euphemisms, which are used in everyday English to describe and discuss the event of dying. The research is based on the Conceptual Theory of Metaphor which claims that the general conceptual system, underlying both thought and action, is largely metaphorical in nature. In accordance with this claim, metaphor serves as a basis for understanding different concepts, which is reflected in the language used to talk about them.
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  • Filologiczne Studia Doktoranckie, Uniwersytet Gdański
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1732-1220
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bwmeta1.element.desklight-c8684552-4dc6-4f21-b2ee-a78ad3658669
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