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Your family nickname What nickname do your family members use to address you instead of using your real name?
What category best describes your nickname? Select from the list below
In your opinion, why do people use this particular nickname for you? As with any regular metaphor, some properties (characteristics) of the object or concept of your nickname can be related (attributed) to you. What are they?
Reasons to use this nickname In what situations and for what reason(s) are you addressed using this nickname?
Do you like this nickname?
Please give a short explanation of your answer to Question 7. Why do we use nicknames? Share your thoughts on why people use family nicknames.
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We are hoping to compare in this project family nicknames from many
countries. It may be the case that in different countries, adults use different
affectionate nicknames to address their children.
all such terms of endearment (diminutive forms of address) carry a hidden
metaphor. This metaphor always contains a comparison of the addressee with/to
some attractive, alluring, and desirable object. The sources of metaphors vary
from images of animals, plants, and celestial bodies to folklore personages,
articles of art, and even our favorite foods.
When we use diminutive forms of address, we endow our addressees
with qualities of an object which gives rise to a metaphor. It could be, for
example, the warmth of the sun, agility of a lizard, freshness of a ripe apple,
etc. By collecting such words and phrases and studying their positive
qualities, we can analyze and research various value systems worldwide.
often, these diminutives become ‘life-long companions’ of the children, their
affectionate family nicknames.