Idioms Denoting Parts of Body

6990 WordsFeb 23, 201328 Pages
Contents 1. Introduction 2.1. Aim * Idiomatic Phrases * What is an idiom? * Idioms and culture * Different aspects of an idiom * Idioms pragmatics and context 2.2. Practical Value * When we use idioms? * Idioms with a body part component 1. Body idioms connected with senses 2. Body idioms connected with limbs and limbs’ elements 3. Other body parts idioms 2. Calculation 3. Some Examples 4. Reference 1. Introduction It is common knowledge that one of the most important functions of language is to name the world or express human thoughts through a system of concepts. They exist in association in language and make up a giant network with many interconnection and…show more content…
A large number of phrases and sentences in the English language are related to body parts. Some of them are descriptive while others, elusive. Their origins are dated from Biblical times to the recent days. Each generation adds new idiomatic expressions which are connected with their culture. The meaning of idiomatic expressions is indefinable. They show that metaphors are very important in our lives and that we do not look at things in the way they are in reality, but rather we perceive them through our understanding and our experience of the world. The present thesis is an attempt at an analysis of English idioms with a body component. Its goal is to study and present the nature of idioms, their connection with culture and context. It is common knowledge that one of the most important functions of language is to name the world or express human thoughts through a system of concepts. They exist in association in language and make up a giant network with many interconnection and association among the various subparts. A good example of this interconnection involves metaphor. Metaphor is used in the literary or poetic language. It is also widely used in every day conversational language. It is obvious that metaphor is utilized to express ideas sensibly and vividly as it has great expressive power. It is capable of conveying more of the human feeling, emotion or attitude toward what is said rather than
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