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The Emergence of Mandarin Metaphors for the Internet

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Title:The Emergence of Mandarin Metaphors for the Internet
Authors:Polley, Carl
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Oct 2009
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Polley, Carl. 2009. The Emergence of Mandarin Metaphors for the Internet. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 40(6).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Conceptual metaphors underlie many of the everyday expressions we use when describing novel technology. For example, the primary metaphor IDEAS ARE OBJECTS establishes broad links between abstract and concrete domains of experience, thus licensing complex metaphors of “movement” and “exchange” of ideas through communication. Few empirical studies have focused on how novel conceptual metaphors emerge in everyday language. This paper reports the results of a corpus study, based on a 138-million-character sample of news reports from Mainland China, which charts the time course for the emergence of Mandarin metaphors for the Internet from 1994 to 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73228
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2009
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2009


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