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Iron as the Source Domain of a Cognitive Metaphor in the Russian and Chinese Language Pictures of the World
Tsai Vei

post-graduate student of the Department of the Russian Language and General Language Studies at Irkutsk State University

664003, Russia, Irkutskaya oblast', g. Irkutsk, ul. Lenina, 8A, kab. 29

cwnhm312@yandex.ru

 

 

Abstract.

The author of the article examines such aspects of the topic as the similarities and differences in using the 'iron' source domain as an element of a cognitive metaphor in the Russian and Chinese language pictures of the world. This research demonstrates the role of a metaphor for understanding the way used by a person to comprehend the reality. The analysis of a metaphor allows to find out what common features this or that language community shares in perceiving the universe and to discover experience that is reflected by the functions of a metaphoric mechanism. The researcher has applied the cognitive definition method to define and describe cognitive features of language materials as well as comparative method and linguistic observation method. The scientific novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the researcher demonstrates and compares specific features of the Russian and Chinese language pictures of the world as these are reflected in the sphere of the reality that relates to iron. The main conclusion of the research is that different language pictures of the world have both similar and different perceptions of iron as the source domain of a cognitive metaphor. This reflects peculiarities of the mentality of each nation. 

Keywords: language picture of the world, comparison, cognitive metaphor, metaphorical projection, sign, source domain, iron, Russian language, Chinese language, metaphorization

DOI:

10.7256/2454-0749.2018.4.27387

Article was received:

28-09-2018


Review date:

03-10-2018


Publish date:

04-10-2018


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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