A Study of “Oil” in Chinese From the Perspective of Conceptual Metaphor

Hong TAN

Abstract


Oil is one of the basic elements of the world, is human beings’ intimate partner in our development of existence. There are lots of metaphors about oil in China in our daily life. After identifying, analyzing and classifying, there are five conceptual metaphors of “oil” in Chinese: MONEY IS OIL, CATALYZER IS OIL, ENERGY IS OIL, BRIGHTNESS IS OIL, and CUNNING IS OIL. The findings indicate that the metaphorical mapping and the semantic extension of these conceptual metaphors are based on the perception and embodiment of people on oil, which forms from Chinese culture. In addition, conceptual metaphors of “oil” in China are of systematicity and generalities.

Keywords


Conceptual metaphor; “Oil”; Systematicity; Generalticity

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n

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