The Characteristics of Simile in the Uzbek and Korean Languages and the Differences of Animals Used for Simile Supplementary Concepts


  • Minyoung Jo



This thesis explains the simile concepts and their distinctive usages in Uzbek and Korean languages, including the differences and similarities of the subjects being used in both languages as simile supplementary concepts. Humans vividly express their thoughts that are varied and difficult to express using simile. Expressions comparing animals accompanying the human race with the subject of simile are frequently used in daily lives. Many scholars, globally, have proved that metaphoric expression is an important tool for human cognitive activities, and making expressions in comparison to animals, the closest beings to humans, has proved to be an effective way of human communication. The use of animals in simile expressions in the Uzbek and Korean languages could appear different according to the different cultures and geographical locations, including examples such as the donkey and camel. Simile expressions with comparison to donkeys are naturally used among the Uzbeks as they were used as means of transportation (as wagons). Camel, which inhabits Uzbek but not Korea, is also used as a supplementary concept of simile; in Uzbek, strong cold weather is expressed as “the cold weather like camels.” In Korea, there is a similar metaphoric expression as in “bull wind.”