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Aspects of Conceptualization on ‘Mind(maeum)’ through Embodied Experience in Korean

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2006, 20(), pp.205-230
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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Lee Jong-yeol. 2006. Aspects of Conceptualization on ‘Mind(maeum)’ through Embodied Experience in Korean. Korean Semantics, 20. The concepts of ‘Mind(maeum)’ in west and east may seem to be the results of observation of mind reality by each other viewpoint, but are really products of metaphors and metonymys. The aim of this paper is to examine the aspects of concept extension on ‘Mind(maeum)’ through Embodied Experience. This study describes the concepts of abstract ‘Mind(maeum)’ is conceptualized through our embodied experience and physical responses. The results are as follow: First, ‘Mind (maeum)’ builded up three types of image schema; ‘BODY Schema’, ‘CONTAINER Schema’, ‘IN-OUT Schema’, through the embodied structure of experience and physical experience. Second, this image schema of ‘Mind(maeum)’ contribute to conceptual metaphor on basic level; [MIND IS BODY][MIND IS THING][MIND IS SPACE]. Third, the conceptual metaphor [BODY IS CONTAINER][MIND IS CONTAINER] [[MIND IS FOOD] are structuralization in action of metonymic operation, which is Container ICM, Possession ICM. And that which are systematized based on the structural relations. In hence, the concept of ‘Mind(maeum)’ represents the conceptual structure and the cognitive interaction of metaphor and metonymy, in view of cognitive operations as the conceptual integration process.

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