Metaphorical Conceptualization of ANGER, SADNESS and LOVE in English and Minangkabau

Yusrita Yanti, Bung Hatta University, Indonesia

Language is not only used to convey information and ideas but also to convey feelings such as anger, sadness, joy, anxiety, and fear. This paper investigates the emotional expression of ANGER, SADNESS and LOVE in English and Minangkabau. Data of this research were taken from MPA-PFS, Song lyrics, Dictionaries, and library researches. Some theories used in data analysis were basic emotions, languages and cultures, conceptual metaphor, (Parots 2001, Fiehlers, R. 2002, Kovecses, Z. 2002, 2008, Lakoff, G & Johnson, M. 1980, Liu and Li, 2016). Previous studies show that emotions of anger and sadness can be conveyed literally and figuratively especially in terms of metaphor. According to Lakoff and Johnson (1980), metaphor refers to “pervasive in everyday life, not just in language but in thought and action as well”.There are similarities and a little bit differences in the conceptual metaphors in expressing anger and sadness in English and Minangkabau (Yanti, Y. 2013, 2014, 2015). Furthermore, this paper looks in depth and underlines the similarities and differences how the emotional expressions of anger, sadness, and love are metaphorized in English and Minangkabau. Then, it will discuss how English and Minang speakers view the emotions of ANGER, SADNESS, and LOVE based on the types of metaphors. As a result, this study can help people in learning a language to enhance their vocabulary competence because there are various vocabularies and metaphors that can be used to express emotions.

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