A Study of Polysemy and Metaphor of Hausa Perception Verbs of Vision: A Cognitive Linguistics Approach

Authors

  • Bashir Uba Ibrahim Department of English and Literary Studies, Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa State, Nigeria.
  • Tijjani Shehu Almajir Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53057/linfo/2022.4.3.7

Keywords:

Cognitive linguistics, perception verbs, polysemy, conceptual metaphor

Abstract

This paper examines the polysemy and metaphor of Hausa perception verbs of vision from a cognitive semantics perspective, which is a sub-field of cognitive linguistics. The objective of the study is to identify how underlying polysemous extensions of the Hausa perception verbs trigger the conceptual metaphor of vision. In conducting the research, ethnographic research methods were employed in collecting the data for this study, while the conceptual polysemy model proposed by Ibarretxe-Antunano (1999) and the conceptual metaphor theory (CMT) propounded by Lakoff and Jhonson (1980) were adopted as the theoretical framework of the research. The outcome of the study reveals that Hausa perception verbs of vision, when polysemously extended conceptually, encode an array of conceptual metaphors that conceptually denote mental activity and experience, social activity, and evidential experience. Finally, the result of the study establishes a relationship between perception and cognition.

 

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Author Biographies

Bashir Uba Ibrahim , Department of English and Literary Studies, Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa State, Nigeria.

Bashir Uba Ibrahim teaches English and Linguistics at the Department of English and Literary Studies, Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa, Nigeria. His research area are Cognitive Linguistics, Semantics, and Pragmatics. He is also a PhD candidate with research interest in cognitive semantics and cognitive interface.

 

Tijjani Shehu Almajir, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Dr. Tijjani Shehu Almajir is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. His research are Cognitive Linguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, and Translations. He published widely in both national and international journals of publications. He also attended many conferences nationally and internationally.

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Published

2022-09-30

How to Cite

Ibrahim , B. U., & Almajir, T. S. (2022). A Study of Polysemy and Metaphor of Hausa Perception Verbs of Vision: A Cognitive Linguistics Approach. Linguistic Forum - A Journal of Linguistics, 4(3), 54–61. https://doi.org/10.53057/linfo/2022.4.3.7