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Variational Patterns of LOVE in Hungarian

Veronika Szelid


The study investigates the language-internal variation of the concept of LOVE in Hungarian, with the help of Conceptual Metaphor Theory. The conceptualization patterns of three socioculturally different variants of Hungarian are compared, based on a questionnaire survey conducted in 2020. The investigated speech communities are: (1) Moldavian Csangos living in rural Romania and speaking one of the most ancient Hungarian dialects, (2) Moldavian Csangos who have moved to Central or Western European countries, and (3) Hungarian university students. As the importance of the “morality” dimension in the conceptual patterns of Moldavian Csangos was already detected in their folk songs (Szelid 2007) and language use (Szelid and Geeraerts 2008), the question arises as to how likely this basic and defining characteristics is prone to change in different sociocultural settings, and whether this dimension is equally dominant in Standard Hungarian.

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