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Aspects of the Conceptualization of HAN

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2007, 22(), pp.95-121
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

방영심/이정화 1 Jeong-Hwa Lee 2

1이화여대
2한국디지털대학교

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ABSTRACT

Bang Young-sim & Lee Jeong-hwa. 2007. Aspects of the Conceptualization of HAN. Korean Semantics, 22. From a cognitive linguistics perspective, the purpose of this paper is to examine the Korean people's representative emotional concept, HAN. Based on the corpus data from The National Institute of The Korean Language corpus, this paper aims to show how Koreans conceptualize HAN in terms of conceptual metonymies and metaphors. HAN is regarded as abstract and difficult to define because of the fuzziness of its conceptual boundary. Unlike the basic emotions such as anger, sadness and joy, HAN is not a spontaneously responsive emotion, but is rather a complex blended concept, created over a long period of time, after those basic emotions are accumulated, suppressed or mitigated in the person's mind. For this reason, HAN is shown to reveal much less direct physiological effects (chest-aching, bone-aching and blood-drying) than the basic emotion, anger. Despite the difference, HAN should thus be characterized in close relation to other emotions, because it is based on, and caused by the emotions . The instances of HAN show some aspects of conceptual metonymies such as [Physiological effects of HAN stands for HAN], [Locus of HAN stands for HAN]. It is also argued that HAN is limited to occur in only some of human body parts, i.e., in the chest, in the bone (marrow), and in the blood. The abstract concept, HAN, is conceptualized via various conceptual metaphors such as [HAN IS A THING], [HAN IS LIQUID/SOLID/GASEOUS MATTER IN A CONTAINER], [HAN IS A PLANT], [HAN IS A THREAD], [HAN IS FOOD IN A BODY], [HAN IS DIRT TO BE AVOIDED].

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