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The Concept of Lost in English and Arabic Texts: A Cognitive Rhetorical Study

Safa Naji Abed,

Department of English, College of Education for Human Sciences, University of Babylon, Hillah, Iraq

The study aims to analyze the concept of ‘lost’ in the holy Bible and glorious Quran from a cognitive rhetoric perspective since this concept has not received the attention of researchers of cognitive rhetorical theories; namely, finding out persuasive strategies in the selected text, exploring the blending stages (composition, elaboration, completion) in such texts, identifying the kinds of deixis and construal operations in both texts and pinpointing the similarities and differences that exist within the selected religious texts. The selected texts display the lost person as the one who does not know the right way to follow. Therefore, many cognitive rhetoric strategies are embedded to lead people in the right direction.

Keywords: Lost, Bible, Quranic Verses, Cognitive Rhetoric

 The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Ninth International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 1-2 February 2024, Ahwaz.