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Book: Grammatical Metaphor in Chinese

Chapter: Identification of grammatical metaphor in Chinese

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25804


Chapter 4 discusses the identification of GM in Chinese on the
basis of the grammatical framework developed in Chapter 3. It first defines the motifs of GM identification by reexamining the nature of the phenomenon. Transgrammatical semantic domains are then investigated to describe how semantic units and grammatical categories are remapped in Chinese. Following this, the chapter identifies the congruent and metaphorical realizations of semantic units in ideational and interpersonal domains in Chinese. In order to facilitate the identification of GM instances in Chinese, the chapter also introduces three linguistic phenomena which are critical for the construction of metaphorical expressions in the language.

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Motifs of GM identification in Chinese

4.3 Semantic stratum in Chinese

4.4 Transgrammatical semantic domains in Chinese

4.5 Congruent and metaphorical realizations

4.6 Critical lexicogrammatical phenomena for GM identification

4.7 Summary

Chapter Contributors

  • Yang Yanning ( - yangyanning) 'East China Normal University'