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Mao, Jiguang and Yufang Qin. 2019. A contrastive study of metaphors of Chinese lu and English road under the background of “the Belt and Road” Initiative. Journal of Xi’an International Studies University 27 (1) : 18–22. 5 pp.
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The word "road" is categorized as one of the concepts related to human movements. Whether the English word "road", or the Chinese "lu", each has different linguistic representations. Through a contrastive analysis of "road" and "lu" based on two corpora, we find that the "road" metaphors in the Chinese and English languages exhibit more similarities than differences under different cultural contexts and respective living conditions. This study helps us interpret the significance of "The Belt and Road" Initiative for effective implementation, and to boost better understandings in cross-cultural communications.