Conceptual Metaphor in Emotion Expressions in Mandarin Chinese

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Metaphor as a linguistic device increases the expressiveness of the language and hence should be a good device for the expressive meaning of emotions. Yet there have been very few studies on how metaphors are used to express emotion and the reason why metaphors effectively evoke emotions. We aim to explore these two issues based on data from Chinese social media. Extracted data are annotated with source domain, target domain and emotion-expression functions. Metaphorical expressions and two functions are analyzed to present a full picture of linguistic cues in both conceptual metaphor and emotion. Our study shows that metaphors are mainly used to express the cause or intensity of emotion, instead of the classification of emotion, supporting the eventive nature of metaphor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Minimal Contrast to Meaning Construct
Subtitle of host publicationCorpus-based, Near Synonym Driven Approaches to Chinese Lexical Semantics
EditorsQi Su, Weidong Zhan
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-32-9240-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-32-9239-0
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Chinese Linguistics


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