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Pakistani Conceptual Metaphors

Conceptual metaphors surface all the time in our daily conversations, yet we are not cognizant of the fact that we are using one concept to relate and explain it to another concept. As a Pakistani-America, I use conceptual metaphors that … Continue reading

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Metaphors used in the English language

There is plenty of fish in the sea- This is a term commonly used when telling someone that there is many other options (people) available, so don’t stress about any one individual. America is the land of opportunity and this … Continue reading

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Conceptual Metaphor in Chinese

Find three examples of conceptual metaphors in your first language.  In what ways do they reveal something about the societal values of your culture? 1. “Hit basketball”. When we go to play badminton or basketball or any kinds of ball, … Continue reading

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From taking a glance at the English language it is surprising to discover exactly how many of the phrases we use to communicate are conceptual metaphors. Understanding things in the context of others is nothing new, but discovering exactly how … Continue reading

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Conceptual Metaphors

For North Americans whose first language is English, we utilize conceptual metaphors in our everyday speech in order to relate ideas and events. A lot of times we speak as if our Behavior is a Play. For example, when someone is … Continue reading

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The Backbone of Language: Conceptual Metaphors

As I began to ponder on the idea of conceptual metaphors in English, I followed the path of poetry, around the gate of knowledge, to the intersection of thought. 1. “For Love is immortality.” My favorite poet, Emily Dickinson, has a … Continue reading

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Colorful Metaphors

Conceptual metaphors are interesting because they reflect the human thought processes. Although it may seem obvious, people do not think serially; rather, humans think by making connections that expand across multiple thought domains.  They have an innate tendency to associate commonalities … Continue reading

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A Metaphor with Long History: Chinese Metaphor

Almost all Chinese metaphor use can reveal the long history of China. For example, This man is an iron rooster means that this man is extremely mean, because other people even can’t get a feather from him. In Chinese culture, … Continue reading

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Conceptual Metaphor in Daily Chinese

I didn’t realize the prevalence of metaphor usage in daily life until once I read some excerpts from professor Lakeoff, who devoted himself to linguistic research, especially in conceptual metaphor. I felt so interested in this amazing field and I … Continue reading

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An Insight Into Conceptual Metaphor

  A peak into common conceptual metaphor that every Chinese knows! 不要在一棵树上吊死  Don’t hang on one tree. The traditional Chinese saying “Don’t hang one one tree” is a common metaphor that describes the human nature of stubbornness and the act of limiting … Continue reading

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