A contrastive analysis of Italian and Russian idioms for death: the JOURNEY metaphor
In this paper we propose a contrastive analysis of Italian and Russian idioms related to the domain of death. Death is a taboo concept which is very likely to be expressed through euphemisms and metaphors. The present analysis focuses on idioms implying the widespread DEATH IS A JOURNEY metaphor, which is based on the SOURCE-PATH-GOAL schema. The analysis reveals cross-linguistic similarities in the conceptualisation of death as a JOURNEY between Italian and Russian, where this metaphor is widely attested. In addition, we identify language-specific features regarding the ability of each language to focus on the source and/or goal of the metaphorical journey.