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The Past and Present of Proverbs

Author(s): Eva Mrhačová
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: proverbs; linguistic sign; figurativeness; metaphor; emotionality; folk literature; transformation;

Summary/Abstract: Language always reflects the life of a certain society. Proverbs, which are the product of folk literature, are closely related to the thinking of the community. In the 20th century it was the city and city lifestyle that took over the dominating role in the society, and this fact has left its mark also on proverbs and sayings. The frequency of their occurrence has dropped and their form has undergone transformations changing their original meaning. Proverbs, the fruit of folk literature closely related to country life, are slowly disappearing in their original form from our lives. Several types of transformations they have undergone have deprived them of the original aesthetic and moral values.

  • Issue Year: XII/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 61-70
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish