A SEMIOTICS OF ASPECTS OF ENGLISH AND YORUBA PROVERBS

Abstract

Author(s): Adeyemi DARAMOLA

If semiotics is often described by semioticians as the study of all significant sign systems, language becomes, as it were, the most significant semiotic of semiological systems because of its unique, innumerable, human, interactive and functional potential. On the one hand, proverbs, as a result of their metaphorical essence, become a very significant aspect of the use of language. On the other hand, they are universal and have specific cultural tools of ethnic signification. In this paper, an attempt of the analysis of the semiotics of proverbs in English and Yoruba is provided. Using Eco’s concept of semiotics of Metaphor’ from the semiotics perspective, the result of the analysis is an exploratory categorization of aspects of the semiotic systems of the two languages

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