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Li, Thomas Fuyin. 2012. The role of image-schemas and conceptual metaphors in learning idioms: an experimental study. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics 3 (1) : 25–42. 18 pp.
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The paper deals with the problem of learning metaphorical expressions, idioms and proverbs. The author proposes an ‘innovative’ method, ‘a conceptual metaphor and image schema-based approach’, based on the Conceptual Metaphor Theory and the Image Schema Theory and supported by the Dual Coding Theory, Psychological Reality of Image Schema, and Psychological Reality of Hierarchical Structure. This approach is tested on a group of five students. The author suggests that instead of learning idioms through context, they could be learned in sets organized by conceptual metaphors and image schemas.