Mother in Sephardic, Turkish, and Italian Proverbs and Idioms: Case of Online Blogs
Authors: Fazıla Derya Agiş
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In this study, references to mothers in certain positive and negative circumstances in some Sephardic, Turkish, and Italian proverbs and idioms that depict the concept of mother will be analyzed. Fear and unhappiness as negative emotions, and joy and love as positive emotions in the Sephardic, Turkish, and Italian cultures will be observed within the framework of the Cognitive Metaphor Theory of Lakoff and Johnson. Thus, this study will reveal that the mother is the person who reconciles the members of a family, alienates all the fears, loves unconditionally, builds up, directs, and protects a family in the Judeo-Spanish, Turkish, and Italian proverbs and idioms. The proverbs and idioms were formulated in the past. However, the contemporary concept of motherhood will also be analyzed in blogs for and by Sephardic, Turkish, and Italian mothers and compared to that depicted in proverbs and idioms, products of ancestors of nations for proving proverbs’ and idioms’ contemporary uses in modern blogs for revitalizing traditional beliefs. According to the Conceptual Metaphor Theory, some cognitive conceptualizations are formulated in the brains of people in accordance with the cultures to which they have been exposed. Briefly, in this study, the sacredness of the mothers in three different languages (Judeo-Spanish, Turkish, and Italian) and cultures will be emphasized, and this will be done with proverbs, idioms and online blogs belonging to three cultural groups.