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Remarks on the Conceptual Tropes of the Political Act of Union in Mihail Kogălniceanu’s Speech in Parliament

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LV (4)
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:The Union of the Romanian Principalities is analyzed in a series of parliamentary speeches delivered by Mihail Kogălniceanu (from October the 7th, 1857 to October 1st, 1859). The discursive use of the conceptual metaphors by which this political concept is often expressed construct a political gestalt. The denominational system of the Union covers four semantic zones and have an extremely uniform distribution of the lexemes. Following the structural asymmetry between the source and the target of the most frequent conceptual metaphors, we have noticed two stylistics phenomena: (a) repetitiveness or fluidity of the style (given by the fact that several abstractions were represented by the same target, i.e. the same iconic element); (b) stylistic variety (produced by the fact that one concept (source) is given several iconic representations, i.e. it receives several targets). The plasticization of the Union as a notion in M. Kogălniceanu’s discourse is effected by conceptual metaphors and by the occultation of the links within the taxonomical hierarchy in which the concept is accomodated. Thus, this political notion is frequently associated with stabilitiy and dignity, via legitimacy. Moreover, these emotions surround and make flexible this concept. The taxonomic distances between Union and these two emotions become inconspicuous. The argumentative movement used to present the political gestalt of the Union is that of wishful thinking.
Language: English

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