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How time flies!: An analysis of metaphorical idioms including time
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]



Time plays an important role in our lives. So it is not surprising that a number of idioms in the English language include the lexical word time. Idioms are found in various contexts, and some of them have a metaphorical use. There are three types of metaphors in idioms – transparent, semi-transparent and opaque metaphors. In some cases, time itself is used metaphorically or the whole expression including it is metaphorical. In other idioms time itself appears to have its ordinary meaning, while another part is metaphorical. Different phenomena are connected with the notion of time in time idioms, for instance economic value, concrete objects and human or animal behaviors. This study focuses on ten time idioms that are somehow metaphorical, and it analyzes how metaphor is used in them, as well as the associations with the notion of time in human experience that they reveal.



Idiom, time, metaphor.

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2010. , 24 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54511OAI: diva2:395105
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-08-18 Created: 2011-02-04 Last updated: 2011-08-18Bibliographically approved

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