Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Vol 3, No 3 (2007)

Exploring the Meta Operation Mechanism of Metaphor below a Word

Zili Chen
Issued Date: 14 Jun 2010

Abstract


Conceptual Metaphor Theory argues that metaphor is a matter of cognition in a cross-domain manner. This theory set in motion a new wave of research on metaphor theory which focuses on the behavior and function of metaphors in different environments. The current study proposes another approach to exploring a word’s Metaphor Making Potential. Specifically, the paper suggests that an ontology-based approach to metaphor evaluation is de facto more objective and operable than an intuitive-based approach in providing insights into a word’s metaphor-making potential.

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DOI: 10.1558/lhs.v3i3.295

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