1st Edition

Perception and Metaphor
A Comparative Perspective Between English and Chinese

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ISBN 9781032033327
July 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cognitive linguists believe that metaphors are prevalent in human thought, while metaphorical structures are reflected at the linguistic level. Therefore, analyzing extensive language data can aid in revealing the metaphorical mappings of embodied experience with the senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and temperature. This volume seeks to discover the similarities and differences of metaphorical systems of English and Chinese. Adopting a comparative view, the authors examine the semantic extensions of perception words in English and Chinese, in order to reveal the metaphorical scope of each sense and the metaphorical system behind it. They argue that the metaphorical system of the senses not only helps us understand and use conventionalized metaphorical expressions but also allows us to create novel expressions. The findings also unveil how abstract concepts are constructed via cognitive mechanisms such as image schema and metaphor. This title is a useful reference for scholars and students who are interested in cognitive linguistics, comparative linguistics, and philosophy of languages.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Visual Domain. 3. Auditory Domain. 4. Olfactory Domain. 5. Taste Domain. 6. Tactile Domain. 7. Temperature Domain. 8. Conclusion.

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Qin Xiugui is Professor and PhD supervisor of Guangxi University for Nationalities. His major research interests include cognitive linguistics and foreign language teaching. He has published more than 30 journal articles, one monograph, one academic dictionary and one textbook on translation. Tie Yi is Postdoctoral and lecturer of Zhengzhou University. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics and comparative linguistics. She has published 8 papers and one monograph.