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Study of Metaphorical Expressions related to ‘Refugees’ in Newspaper Articles: Focused on Yemeni Refugees in Jeju Island

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2019, 63(), pp.1-34
  • DOI : 10.19033/sks.2019.3.63.1
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 29, 2019
  • Accepted : March 20, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

Da-Som Jeong 1 Soon Hee Kwon 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze metaphorical linguistic expression based on the conceptual metaphor theory on how this event is conceptualized in newspaper articles. This study was concerned with the newspaper articles on Yemeni refugees in Jeju Island, which have recently become an issue in Korean society. As a result, this study could find out that even the newspaper articles mainly aiming at objectivity and impartial reporting were often using metaphorical expressions. Prior to an examination of the concrete metaphorical expressions, this study classified the views of refugees in Korean society. A negative view of refugees, looking at them as mostly undesirable objects was noticeable. The metaphors mainly used in this context were ontological metaphors conceptualizing physical objects, including human physical experiences into the source domain and mapping them into the target domain. In the realized conceptual metaphors, the metaphor, [A country is people] appeared frequently as a sub-type of [The state is an organism]. In addition, the metaphors, [Refugees are fluid in a container], [Anger is a hot fluid in a container] and [Security is a blockade] could also be observed. Through this, refugees are considered beings that have negative impacts on the country and people, causing problems in the country and being difficult to control, while the state noticeably takes an exclusive attitude towards refugees by marking national boundaries to restrict their entry.

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