The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor

A perspective from Chinese

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This comparative study of Chinese and English metaphor contributes to the search for metaphoric universals by placing the contemporary theory of metaphor in a broad cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective. The author explores to what degree abstract reasoning is metaphorical and which conceptual metaphors are culture specific, wide spread or universal in a cognitive and cultural context.
The empirical studies presented reinforce the view that metaphor is the main mechanism through which abstract concepts are comprehended and abstract reasoning is performed. They also support, from the perspective of Chinese, the candidacy of some conceptual metaphors for metaphorical universals. These include, for instance, the ANGER IS HEAT metaphor, the HAPPY IS UP metaphor (emotions), the TIME AS SPACE metaphor, and the Event Structure Metaphor. It seems that these conceptual metaphors are grounded in some basic human experiences that may be universal to all human beings.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 1]  1998.  x, 278 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
1. Introduction
1
2. The Contenporary Theory: A review
10
3. Emotion Metaphors
49
4. The Time as Space metaphor
83
5. The Event Structure Metaphor
140
6. Conclusion
236
Appendix: the Character version of the Chinese examples
242
Notes
251
References
258
Name Index
273
Subject Index
275
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