Motivazioni storiche e socio-culturali dell’uso dei nomi degli animali domestici nelle espressioni italiane, francesi e spagnole che riguardano l’amore

Anna Matura


Since the prehistoric times animals have lived close to people. They have become a model to follow.
People domesticated them and today the animals are an inspiration in many fields.
The animals have also influenced the language, which in turn not only adopted their physical features,
but also behaviour characteristics. Some streaks of domestic animals imposed the erotic aspect
of expressions. The exception are affective terms.
The objective of the paper is to establish motivation of the positive and negative evaluation of the
names of domestic animals taking into consideration the erotic metaphors in Italian, French and Spanish
languages. The exception are affective terms.
The evolution of these expressions was influenced by many factors. Some of them have etymological,
historical background, cultural and even some geographical aspects; in many cases, they regard
an instinctive character of animals.
The comparative research proves the existence of a resemblance, as well as some differences
among Roman Languages. It is important to emphasize that distinguishing clear borders among above
origins is not always possible, very often the origin of the metaphors derives from resemblances between people and animals.
We observe that in comparison to French and Italian Spanish is far less abundant in erotic metaphors.
This fact confirms the differences in the vocabulary of Galloromania and Italoromania versus Iberoromania.
In the erotic language of today, the names of domestic animals in three Roman Languages have
proved close relations of the European community.

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