The Cognitive Processes of Image Schema in Sino-American Economic News on The Belt and Road

Wenhui YANG, Ling ZHU, Xiaofang LIU


This contrastive study decodes the language applications employed in news reports through image schematization to reproduce the ‘cognitive map’ of news writers in their ways of perceiving the world and exerting influence on news readers’ ways of perception. By analysing American economic news (AEN) and Chinese economic news (CEN) on the issue of ‘The Belt and Road’ (B&R) from the perspective of cognitive linguistics, the authors uncover and sketch out the hidden epistemic cognitive patterns and processes of both the Chinese and American writers. The study demonstrates that the schematic images and their constructions are organized in the mind of an individual as a network, with both metaphorical and formulaic schemas at different schematic levels, presenting a different process of cognitive entrenchment through which, in news discourses, image schema is utilized as a projection lens, projecting the covert cognitive processes onto overt language use and function.


Cognitive process; Image schema; B&R; AEN; CEN

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