Gibush: A Study in Israeli Cultural Semantics

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This paper explores the cultural semantics of the term gibush 'crystallization' as a root metaphor in contemporary Israeli discourse, highlighting major features of Israeli folk sociology and folk psychology. Constraints on the application of the term in various semantic domains are considered within a broader interpretive cultural frame,and the working of the crystallization metaphor is illustrated in relation to some of the descriptive devices found in an Israeli novel which makes implicit use of the image of gibush as a cultural resource.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199 - 213
JournalAnthropological Linguistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988


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