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Nagy, Judit. 2011. Metaphors of Weather in Canadian Short Prose. Brno Studies in English 37 (1) : 97–111. 15 pp.
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Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts


The primary purpose of this article is to examine how Canadian metaphors of weather fit into the framework proposed by Kövecses (who translates the tenor-vehicle relationship into a linguistic Great Chain of Being). The first part of this article presents some theoretical grounding, proceeding from the overt-covert and direct-indirect relationship of tenor and vehicle to Lakoff's cognitive concept of metaphor (1980, 1993). Based on this concept, the linguistic Great Chain of Weather Metaphors is created. The second part of the article examines the most typical source and target domains of weather and it also looks into conceptual weather metaphors built by mapping at each level of the Great Chain of Weather Metaphors. Furthermore, the analysis tackles the question of conventionality as well as the establishment of a certain hierarchy among the different Great Chain levels through the employment of Ricoeur's Platonic ladder theory (1987) and Lakoff's principle of unidirectionality (1990). This section of the paper is followed by an in-depth analysis focusing on object-to-weather and weather-to-object correspondences.