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A Cognitive Linguistic Study on the idioms of Body Languages —Around the chest and belly—

  • 日本硏究
  • 2019, (51), pp.7-27
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2019.08.51.7
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 29, 2019
  • Accepted : July 30, 2019
  • Published : August 20, 2019

kwon ik ho 1 Hong MInhee 1

1중앙대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study began with a motif about how the body language for chest and belly expresses happy and sad feelings through some conceptual metaphor. In other words, from a cognitive point of view, we tried to approach the concept of abstract emotion in body language, which material and specific concepts were adopted as source areas to express happy and sad feelings. First of all, the body language for chest is more metaphorically used in emotions or emotions in a person than in other body parts, especially in Korean, where the metaphorical concept of happy emotions, or source areas, was less than the source areas of sad emotions. In contrast, in Japanese, the source of happy emotions was slightly larger than the source of sad emotions. And in the case of belly, the source area of happy emotion seems to be three concepts in Korean, while the source area of sad emotion is more than happy with six concepts. In the case of Japanese, unlike in Korea, the source area of happy emotions is somewhat greater than that of sad emotions. What’s interesting here is that there are fewer or fewer idioms associated with metaphorical concepts such as “instrument,” “dirt,” “money” and “enemy” than in Korea, in terms of Japan’s special society and commercial culture. This is seen as the result of a metaphorical expression that has long been customary in Japan’s unique historical, cultural and social environment.

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