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Shu, Dingfang . 2017. Discourse Metaphors: Structural Properties and Cognitive Functions: Taking One Hundred Metaphors of Buddhism and Zhuang Zi as examples. Foreign Language Teaching and Research : 335–344. 10 pp.
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Previous metaphorical studies mainly focused on the manifestations and functions of metaphors in discourse. Discourse metaphor refers to the entire text that is mapped onto the target domain. In general, discourse metaphors can be divided into independent and non-independent discourses. The former includes fables or fictional stories while the latter often appears in political articles. This paper explores the discourse itself as a form of metaphor and analyzes its functional characteristic. Through the analysis of the metaphors in classic texts in the book of One Hundred Metaphors of Buddhism and Zhuang Zi, this paper found that 1) Discourse metaphors often have multiple source domains corresponding to one target domain, forming multiple mappings. 2) Discourse metaphors often use explicit signals indicating the intention of the discourse or the problem to be explained. 3) The projection of the source domain of the discourse metaphor to the target domain is parallels, crossovers, and generalizations, but more generalizations, therefore, discourse metaphors are often applied in argumentations.