Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

Metaphor and Metonymy as a Source of False Friends in Spanish and Standard Modern Greek


Pedro J. Chamizo-Domínguez,Nadia Hatzopulu

The linguistic interference phenomenon of false friends has always been present in language as a process of divergence between two languages or linguistic varieties. It concerns cognates (either due to borrowing or a common origin) whose meanings have diverged over time. One of the main sources of semantic divergence are metaphor and metonymy that have brought about pairs of false friends such as retirement and retiro, or retirada in English and Spanish, respectively; and the pairs αφυπηρ?τηση, σ?νταξη, and συνταξιοδ


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