Women have no honour of their own: Conceptualisations of honor in Indian English and Pakistani English

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This paper presents a corpus-based Cultural-Linguistic study of the usage of the word honour in Pakistani and Indian Englishes, addressing underlying cultural conceptualisations of the notion of honour. Honour emerges as a complex cultural model which involves several cultural schemas, cultural categories and cultural metaphors, in which women are cast as responsible pro-tectors and upholders of the honour of men, families, and communities, their bodies being the very locus of men’s honour. The study is based on relatively simple qualitative and quantitative analysis of two specialized corpora representing discourse on honour and related phenomena in Pakistani and Indian Englishes
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Culture
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)95-122
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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concretising metaphors, corpus linguistics, Cultural Linguistics, gender, kinship mod-els, semantic preferences, world Englishes

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  • Faculty of Humanities - concretising metaphors, metaphors, cultural linguistics, conceptualisation, Cultural Linguistics, corpus linguistics, gender, kinship models, world Englishes, semantic preferences, cultural semantics, cultural metaphors, cultural models, cultural categories, cognitive linguistics, conceptual metphors

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