Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Foreign Languages and Literature

First Advisor

Laurel Abreu

Advisor Department

Foreign Languages and Literature


Idiomatic expressions are figurative in nature and vary from language to language, offering valuable insight toward understanding cultural connotations concerning the topics expressed. This study focused on idiomatic expressions that contain the word “love” or its grammatical variants found in the English and Spanish languages. The aim of this study was to conduct a qualitative analysis of these idiomatic expressions in order to identify cultural connotations, insight, and patterns regarding the communication of love within these expressions. A sample population of these expressions was obtained from a collection of available idiom and phrasal dictionaries and books written in English and Spanish. The data were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively according to the meaning, the type of love, and semantic fields represented within the sources examined. As a result, this study contributes to the field of cross-linguistic idiom analysis by revealing how love is communicated in these colloquial expressions among English and Spanish speakers. Further, it attempted to provide insight toward cultural similarities and differences in how love is expressed within these language-bound constructs.


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