Metaphorical Animal Name

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These factors could be informative in understanding the figurative senses of animal names. For instance, returning to the examples with which this study was introduced, of animal terms applied to immigrants, it is interesting to notice how the aforementioned parameters are key for the encoding of the metaphor. Metaphorical uses of animal names applied to women Metaphorical expressions that use animal names as their source domain applicable to people abound in South Asian languages. Man and woman are often conceptualized as animals of some sort. Men are frequently referred to as bhainsa ( Bull), Sher ( Lion), Chita ( Tiger), whereas women are referred to with such metaphors as faxta (dove), billi (kitten), Chuza (chicken) or bakri( goat).…show more content…
Sex discrimination is also made among pets. A dog has its counterpart in the largely taboo Kutiya (bitch) whereas cat is assumed to be female in many South Asian languages, its male equivalent being billa (tomcat). Kutiya(Bitch) is, in all probability, one of the most common terms of condemnation for a woman, condensing the senses of malicious, spiteful and bossy (Hughes, 1991). The masculine billa(tomcat), however, presents no figurative usage and in actual fact the term is falling out of use, being replaced by male cat when sex distinction is needed. As regards Hindi Urdu, the masculine term billa (male cat) does not apply to women whereas the female dog kutiya denotes a despicable woman and a prostitute. More striking, however, is the fact that even the infant words pilla (puppy) is used as terms of abuse. Kutte ka pilla Son of a bitch In the same line, billi( kitten) are applied to sexy young women and immoral women, whereas English expression pussy falls into the language of obscenity, denoting the female genitalia. The former seems to be motivated by the stereotypical image of the baby animal playing with a ball of wool, which might hint at the idea of playfulness, therefore, reducing women to the category of sexual playthings, whereas the latter seems to be based on visual grounds, since the fur of the cat resembles the female pubic hair (cf Baker, 1981; Chamizo & Sánchez,
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