Publication details [#9992]

Shinohara, Kazuko. 2002. Letting time-flow carry one's body: Blending of moving-ego and moving-time. Alea: Estudos Neolatinos 23 (1) : 267–287. 21 pp.


The concept of time has been analyzed in conceptual metaphor theory, in which it is usually divided into sub-metaphors such as the Moving-Time and the Moving-Ego metaphors. In English and in many other languages, time as a moving object and time as a moving ego are claimed to have the opposite orientation: the former faces the earlier and future comes from the front of us, while the latter faces the later and ego moves into the future. It has been assumed that when one of them is moving, the other is static. However, we find examples of time metaphors in Japanese where time and ego both move at the same time, and in the same direction. This paper analyzes such examples and suggests that they require a more subtle machinery of analyzing the structure of conceptual integration. We argue (1) that the orientation of time and ego in such examples involves blending of moving-time and moving-ego, and (2) that they have some emergent conceptual structures that do not appear in the source or the target domains of time metaphor. (LLBA 2003, vol. 37, n. 2)