A Study of the Cultural Factors of Unique Romantic Love Metaphors in Chinese

Jianping HUANG


The paper investigates the cultural factors of unique romantic love metaphors in Chinese according to Kövecses’s cultural variation theory. It argues that the conceptualization of specific romantic love metaphor in the Chinese language is mainly influenced by the Yin Yang theory, Buddhism , Daoism ,living habits and so on. Specifically speaking LOVE IS MOON metaphor is mainly influenced by the Yin-Yang theory and LOVE IS PREDESTINED AFFINITY metaphor is mainly influenced by the Buddhism, while the two other metaphors LOVE IS A SILK and LOVE IS VINEGAR are influenced by the living habits.


Conceptual metaphor; Romantic love metaphor; Cultural factor; The yin yang theory; Predestined affinity

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