A Corpus-Based study on synaesthetic adjectives in modern Chinese

Qingqing Zhao, Chu-ren Huang

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This paper focuses on 15 sensory adjectives from the gustatory sense, the tactile sense and the olfactory sense in Modern Chinese, and summarizes their synaesthetic distributions. Based on the corpus, we find some tendency among synaesthetic transfers of these 15 adjectives. The first important finding is related to the directionality of synaesthetic transfers, that is, the transfer direction is mostly from the gustatory sense to both tactile and olfactory senses, and from the tactile sense to the olfactory sense, while the reverse direction is rare. Another interesting tendency is the priority of synaesthesia over the embodied metaphor. Our data shows that sensory adjectives that have synaesthetic distributions tend to also have distributions in embodied metaphors, but not vice versa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 16th Workshop, CLSW 2015, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319271934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 9 May 201511 May 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015


  • Adjectives
  • Chinese
  • Sensory
  • Synaesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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