A referendum is a forward-moving object or a bundled object?

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This article analyzes how a referendum is represented through the use of conceptual metaphors in two major newspapers in Taiwan, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News. The analysis indicates that a general schema for the referendum a causer causes an object to move or stop, which is further divided to the forward-moving and stopping sub-schemas, can be retrieved from the metaphors used. Moreover, it shows that three expressions for the forward-moving sub-schema, as lexicalized in the legislation domain, are predominant in the representation of the referendum. With the inevitability to use the general schema, the two newspapers take strategies to elaborate or neutralize the effects embedded in the schema, so as to transmit their respective political stances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 19th Workshop, CLSW 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsQi Su, Jiun-Shiung Wu, Jia-Fei Hong
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030040147
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018 - Minxiong, Taiwan
Duration: 26 May 201828 May 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11173 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018


  • Conceptual metaphor
  • Referendum
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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