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Women, blood, and dangerous things : socio-cultural variation in the conceptualization of menstruation
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Abstract
This study examines a collection of expressions for the taboo topic of menstruation in Dutch, German, and Mandarin Chinese. A model for the identification of conceptualization patterns in taboo verbalizations is set up, analyzing each expression according to the X-phemistic mechanisms and, if applicable, the metaphorical source domains or metonymic vehicles at its origin. The various conceptualizations of menstruation are approached from a socio-cultural perspective; variation in conceptualization is examined through a correspondence regression analysis with three speaker-related explanatory variables (L1 and associated cultural background, menstrual experience, and age group). The underlying interest is linguo-cultural as the study aims to verify whether dominant menstrual attitudes are reflected in the linguistic conceptualization of menstruation within each socio-cultural group. Such correlations are indeed found, although the youngest age-group shows some unexpected linguistic behavior.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Language and cognition : an interdisciplinary journal of language and cognitive science. - Berlin, 2009, currens
Publication
Berlin : 2023
ISSN
1866-9808 [print]
1866-9859 [online]
DOI
10.1017/LANGCOG.2023.45
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-31
ISI
001087334700001
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Last edited 10.01.2024
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