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Emotions Eating the Body and More: A Comparative Study of Food Metaphors in Tunisian Arabic, French and English

Abstract : Our presentation will deal with the comparative study of a corpus of corporeal metaphors, properly embodied, which describe the eating experience but also help understand more complicated experiences. We will start from the fact that it is well-known in several, if not many culture-languages, that the linguistic material, from which the discourse and its conceptual representations result, is not only "incorporated," but also "carnal", if not "carnivorous". Similarly, while experiences and their propositional reporting, their shaping or discursive scenarios , tend to be "materialised" in the same way, but in a more "ingested" way, emotions can be attached to/projected onto the body and the vital organs. To deal with this case, we will look at a comparative corpus of "carnivorous" metaphors (or of paremic utterances or metaphorical phrasemes): Arabic Tunisian-French and English, some shared, some not. This comparative approach will allow us also to see that if the metaphorical conceptualisation of emotions can then be "carnivorous", this carnivorous, carnal conceptualisation of emotions is culturally marked or even constrained, and therefore significant in various mind-body relationships: metaphors of eating and metaphors of being eaten can be opposed. Finally, in these three languages/cultures, the metaphor a human being is food interacts differently with the metonym organ for action.
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Faycel Dakhlaoui. Emotions Eating the Body and More: A Comparative Study of Food Metaphors in Tunisian Arabic, French and English. Congrès mondial de traductologie/World Congress on Translation Studies, Société française de traductologie (Université Paris-Nanterre); Société d’études des pratiques et théories en traduction (Septet); MoDyCo (Université Paris-Nanterre, CNRS); CREA (Université Paris-Nanterre), Apr 2017, Nanterre, France. ⟨hal-01721391⟩

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