A conceptual understanding of bodily orientation in Mandarin: A quantitative corpus perspective

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2 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

The present study investigates the conceptualization of our bodily orientation in a quantitative corpus-based approach. Specifically, we identify correlated target domains with respect to each spatial dimension and clarify to what extent the physical symmetry of the spatial dimension plays a role in the metaphorical conceptualization. Based on the symbolic nature of constructions, we examine the correlation patterns of the NPs and the locatives in Mandarin Locative Construction "zai4 + NP + (zhi1) + LOCATIVE" through three major statistical analyses, i.e., covarying collexeme analysis, hierarchical clustering and principal component analysis. The results show that only FRONT/BACK dimension displays symmetrical metaphorical extension to similar metaphorical domains. The distributional patterns of the locatives have far-reaching implications for the embodiment of conceptual metaphors. It is concluded that the (a)symmetry of metaphorical patterns along each spatial dimension may be attributed to our recurring (a)symmetrical daily interaction and bodily experiences with the surrounding physical environment.

原文英語
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頁數28
期刊Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
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出版狀態已發佈 - 2010 五月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 語言與語言學
  • 語言和語言學

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