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Linguistic image of morality

Author(s): Anna Cegieła
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA
Keywords: moralność; język; metafory; dobro; zło; znaczenia słów; Anna Cegieła

Summary/Abstract: Metaphors used in everyday language and established collocations depict morality as a condition of our humanity, as our need and obligation. Our greatness and our humanity are the morality seen in the up – down, high – low perspective. Language shows that morality is like health, and being moral is a state of normality, a physiological state. Immorality is an illness. Morality is also a certain capability of choosing and doing good or an ability to do so. If a human being renounces it, they are no longer a human being. Morality and immorality are expressed in language in bright contrasts, which illustrate the confrontation between good and evil.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 44-57
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish