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Book: Grammatical Metaphor in Chinese

Chapter: The use of grammatical metaphor in written Chinese

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25806


Chapter 6 discusses the distribution and deployment of ideational GM in Chinese by analysing a corpus collected from scientific textbooks. Based on
the categorization of GM in Chapter 5, this chapter explores how the various categories and subcategories of ideational GM and the GM syndromes in Chinese are distributed. The discussion in this chapter shows that the distribution of ideational GM instances in Chinese is not random, but rather it is motivated by the inherent features of the language. This chapter also investigates how the deployment of GM in Chinese is affected by the context of genre and language development.

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Language material and data collection

6.3 Data treatment

6.4 Results and interpretation

6.5 Summary

Chapter Contributors

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