A Comparison of English and Japanese Proverbs Using Natural Semantic Metalanguage

New Voices in Japanese Studies. 2015;7:85-102 DOI 10.21159/nvjs.07.05


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Journal Title: New Voices in Japanese Studies

ISSN: 2205-3166 (Online)

Publisher: The Japan Foundation, Sydney

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Languages and literature of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania: Japanese language and literature

Country of publisher: Australia

Language of fulltext: English

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Miles Neale (University of Queensland)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 30 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This investigation examines the meaning of semantically similar English and Japanese proverbs. It uses textual data sourced from online corpora to highlight and compare the different cultural and conceptual elements embedded within these proverbs. The findings of this investigation demonstrate that matching proverbs from different languages is a potentially problematic exercise, both in dictionaries and in the second-language classroom.