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The Metaphorical Conceptualization of the Two Korean Emotion Concepts ceng and han

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2006, 20(), pp.91-120
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Na Ik-Joo. 2006. The Metaphorical Conceptualization of the Two Korean Emotion Concepts ceng and han. Korean Semantics, 20. The two emotions ceng and han are said to be characteristic of Korean people. However, little has been known about what those emotions look like. This paper aims to clarify what the emotional concepts specifically refer to within the cognitive linguistic theory of conceptual metaphors. According to the theory, abstract concepts such as ceng or han cannot be understood without appeal to metaphor as a cognitive process, in which one conceptual domain (called ‘target domain’) is grasped in terms of another conceptual domain (called ‘source domain’). Ceng is understood in terms of such metaphors as CENG IS A THING, CENG IS A GLUTINOUS OBJECT, CENG IS A FLUID IN A CONTAINER, CENG IS A NUTRIENT, CENG IS A POSSESSION, and CENG IS WARMTH, while han is grasped through HAN IS A THING, HAN IS A SOLIDIFIED LIQUID IN A CONTAINER, and HAN IS COLDNESS. In the conceptualization process, some aspects of each concept are highlighted and other aspects are hided.

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