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EUPHEMISTIC METAPHORS IN NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER OBITUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Authors

Adepoju O. Tunde, Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12 (1) 2016, pp. 69-80

Language

English

Abstract:

In discussing death, a timeless taboo in which psychological, religious and social interdictions coexist, some forms of linguistic cautions are employed during communicative situations (such as obituaries) that reflect the taboo of death, because of its bluntness, vulgarity and unpleasantness. Using data from five randomly selected Nigerian newspapers, this paper analyses obituary announcements, particularly looking at the euphemistic usages in these texts gathered, which adopt the circumlocutory way of expressing the taboo of death and then consequently explores the metaphorical usages of the announcement given its pervasiveness to refer to human mortality. The Conceptual Metaphor Theory serves as the theoretical framework for the analysis, where death is explained in terms of domains that project from source to target domains

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