La metafora nell’Epistola Posteritati di Francesco Petrarca: Un approccio cognitivista


  • Maria Boghiu Università di Bucarest


Metaphors have been long considered just some other figures of speech but this perspective has lately changed due to the cognitivist approach which considers the metaphor a fundamental tool of our conceptual system allowing abstract reasoning. In the light of this approach, I propose an analysis of the metaphors in Petrarch’s Letter to Posterity along with a picture of the conceptual schemes outlined by the text. This means both image-metaphors, which are still recognizable as figures of speech, and lexicalized-metaphors, in which the language user fails to perceive the metaphorical connections between the source-domain and the target-domain. The analysis of these connections is followed by a quantitative analysis, which allows us to recognize the most representative schemes and the most productive source domains. Besides that, a Latin text of a bilingual author allows us to follow the steps of a metaphorical expression in diachrony, that is, to check whether the expression is productive or not, and if it can be found in contemporary Romance languages, with a special focus on Italian.



How to Cite

Boghiu, M. (2018). La metafora nell’Epistola Posteritati di Francesco Petrarca: Un approccio cognitivista. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 19(1-2), 45-57. Retrieved from