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Metaphors in Winnie-the-Pooh
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There are a vast number of studies dealing with the topic of child language development, many of which deal with children’s understanding of metaphors. However, there are no studies on what types of metaphors can be found in children’s literature. The aim of this study is to get a deeper understanding of the types of metaphors that can be found in children’s literature: fully alive, moribund or/and dead and also the hyponym anthropomorphism.

The method used in this essay is the Metaphor Identification Procedure (MIP). The material used is the first chapter of The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, (1994) and also various dictionaries, such as Longman Dictionary of the English Language (1984), Chamberss Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1923) and The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories (2002).

The results from this analysis has proved that Winnie-the-Pooh contains a number of examples of metaphors such as feel, see, and get, ones which, at some point, are used in ways in which their contextual meanings differ from their source meaning, making them metaphorical. All the metaphors have, however, proved to be moribund.

The results of the analysis on anthropomorphism show that every situation that Pooh is involved in triggers anthropomorphic readings, and by proxy, metaphoric readings. The analysis has also proved that the book contains examples of anthropomorphically used metaphors, where metaphors are used when describing Pooh or examples where Pooh himself uses metaphors in his utterances.

The conclusion of this analysis is that, though all the metaphors that have been found have proved to be moribund, the first chapter of the book still contains different levels of metaphors, like anthropomorphic readings that by proxy trigger metaphoric readings and also anthropomorphically used metaphors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Metaphors, anthropomorphism, semantics, figures of speech, and Winnie-the-Pooh
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117838OAI: diva2:816697
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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