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A Study on Image-schematic Metaphor of Korean idioms

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2007, 23(), pp.179-205
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Choi Ji-hoon. 2007. A Study on Image-schematic Metaphor of Korean idioms. Korean Semantics, 23. In a cognitive linguistic approach, this paper tries to inspect how our conceptual structure links with language by examining various aspects of Image-schematic Metaphor in Korean idioms and diverse idioms derived from conceptual metaphors. A metaphor is the definition mechanism that enables us to understand certain meanings more easily as well as the formation mechanism for new idioms. Idioms in this study show that the phrases used as literal meanings can have new meanings transferred by metaphors. A metaphor based on image schema is easily found in our everyday language. There are many examples of idioms affected by the metaphor based on image schema. Korean idioms are motivated by container metaphor, movement metaphor, orientational metaphor and link metaphor among various metaphors based on image schema. This study shows that meanings of idioms still have links with literal meanings. At the same time, metaphors involved to create meanings of idioms is not dead metaphor, but is rather naturally linked with our conceptual structure.

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