A Comparative Survey of Vision Metaphors Based on the Corpus in English and Chinese

Zunshuai Li
2013 Theory and Practice in Language Studies  
There are abundant vision metaphorical expressions in both English and Chinese. But past relevant researches were only confined to a single language without a unified and systematic analytical framework. So this paper attempts to collect the vision metaphorical expressions in both English and Chinese so as to conduct a systematic analysis and comparison under a newly-established theoretical framework: Vision Conceptual Metaphorical Mechanism (VCM), which is mainly based on embodied philosophy
more » ... d also the related theories in Cognitive Linguistics. Through the analysis of the 400 (200 from each language) vision metaphorical expressions, totally 48 vision conceptual metaphors (25 in Chinese and 23 in English) are generalized, which can be further classified into four categories: category of idea, category of judgment, category of expectation and category of behavior. It is concluded that English and Chinese people have lots of universality and diversity in vision conceptual metaphors. Index Terms-embodied philosophy, conceptual metaphor, cognition, VCM, contrast between Chinese and English
doi:10.4304/tpls.3.7.1232-1242 fatcat:6njtctplavepbdpkwic3jioyk4