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The style and semantics of the proverbs

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This chapter focuses on the stylistic, semantic, and thematic aspects of the proverbs, beginning with the issue of versification, which stands between the worlds of morphology and stylistics. It complements the results produced by the linguistic analysis and establishes connections between the structure and grammar of the proverbs and between their style and meaning. With regard to the mechanics of proverbial expression, the study of imagery involves the examination of the typology and function of metaphors, similes and personification in proverbs. Most of the demotic and Greek proverbs convey their wisdom in a serious tone. Along with figures of thought like metaphor, simile, and personification, a wide range of figures of speech is employed in the proverbs. Parallels between proverbs that convey the same or a related message can be identified within the same collection, the same corpus, or different bodies of material.

Keywords: Greek proverbs; metaphors; personification; semantics; similes



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