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Title: Gestural idioms in Italian and English: a contrastive analysis
Authors: Casadei, Federica 
Issue Date: 2020
Abstract: 
This paper proposes a contrastive study of Italian and English gestural idioms, i.e. that describe gestures. The analysis of 568 Italian gestural idioms shows that 60% of them have an English equivalent (e.g., it. incrociare le dita, lit. to cross one’s fingers, and eng. to cross one’s fingers, it. girarsi i pollici, lit. to turn one’s thumbs, and eng. to twiddle one’s thumbs). The highest rate of equivalence is found in idioms referring to expressions and eye movements, and in idioms that have a metaphorical meaning. The results of the analysis are discussed in detail and a possible explanation of the data is presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2067/42546
ISBN: 9781527542181
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