Understanding Weather Phenomena via Metaphors in Mandarin Chinese: An Investigation from Meteorological Expressions in Cyber News in Taiwan
Keywords:metaphor, meteorological expressions, Taiwan, Mandarin
This study aims to assess metaphors expressed in Mandarin weather reports in Taiwan with the theory of conceptual metaphor (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980). The study was done via content analysis with the suggested upper concepts given by SUMO (Ahrens, et al, 2003; 2004) in order to classify them into different categories. A total number of 673 weather reports were collected from major online news websites in Taiwan. After analysing, it was found that language users definitely understand weather phenomenon via the features of human beings, attributes of different items, and some are even from abstract ideas. As a result, Taiwanese people comprehend metaphors in meteorological expressions through metaphors of personification, objectification, and abstraction.
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