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Title: "Sledui putem risovogo polia": semantika poslovits v angliiskom I malaiskom iazykah
English Title: "Follow the way of the rice field": the semantics of proverbs in English and Malay
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: This is a contrastive semantic study of proverbs in English and Malay (Bahasa Melayu), using the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) approach. It first discusses linguistic criteria for proverbiality and the ethno-taxonomy of proverbial ways of speaking, advancing semantic explications for the English expressions a saying, an old saying and a proverb. A five-part semantic template for proverb meanings is then proposed and applied to the detailed analysis of proverbs in English and Malay, some metaphorical, e.g. A stitch in time saves nine and Ikut resmi padi 'Follow the way of the rice plant', and others of the plain, maxim variety. The different culture historical positioning of the proverb genre in English speech culture and Malay speech culture is also discussed.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Zhanry rechi: Sbornik nauchnyh statei. Vyp. 6. Zhanr I iazyk, p. 184-207
Publisher: Nauka
Place of Publication: Saratov, Russia
ISBN: 9785912727559
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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