Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Future of Teaching and Education
Culture-Oriented Idioms in English and Albanian Language- Analyses of The Semantic and Syntactic Structure of Life and Death Idioms, A Comparative Study
Dr. Lorena Robo
Idiomatic expressions are a crucial part of language reflecting the mindset of a nation’s culture and shaping the characteristics of language usage. This paper elaborates the rich content of the variety of idiomatic expressions in English and Albanian of idioms related to life and death. Each language possesses its own characteristics making the languages similar and different from one another, thus leading to different expressions of the same things. Writing and speaking a language cannot be understood without using idoms (Seidl and Mordie 1978:4), especially when describing one’s emotional or mental conditions.
This article aims at analyzing the semantic and syntactic structure of idioms denoting life and death connotations in both languages. Language is an independent system and as a result, different ethnic groups show their psychological characteristics through different concepts. Such differences and similarities are reflected in figurative expressions of each nation which incorporates the focus of this study. An analysis of the constituent parts of idioms, features of non-compositionality, syntactic functions in sentences and other characteristics of set expressions are the focus of this research paper.
keywords: characteristics, figurative expression, mindset, reflection, system