Conceptualization of Sadness Metaphor in English

Luo Luo


Metaphor in traditional rhetoric is considered decorative and ornamental in nature, thus a set of extraordinary or figurative linguistic expressions out of normal language systems. However, the innovative work in cognitive linguistics sheds a new light into the understanding of metaphor as a figure of thought. Metaphor in essence is a perceptual and conceptualizing tool, by which human beings understand the surrounding world. The abstract concept of emotions is largely conceptualized in terms of a variety of metaphors. Due to the fact that inadequate attention has been given to some basic emotional category like Sadness, this paper conducts a corpus analysis on the sadness metaphors in eminent English verses in an attempt to probe how human body experience influences the conceptualization of sadness metaphor.


Conceptual metaphor; Schema; Mapping; Bodily experience

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