A Contrastive Study of Body Metaphors in English and Chinese

Lan Wei


This paper summarizes similarities and differences of body metaphors in English and Chinese in the hope of having a better understanding of body metaphor. Similarities are found as follows: (1) Similar modes of metaphorization (2) Similar semantic features (3) Similar foundation of metaphorization (4) Similar motivation of word-making. Differences are: (1) In English and Chinese, some body metaphors have the same source domain but a different target domain. (2) There exist evident asymmetry in body metaphor between English and Chinese. (3) There are differences in the degree and breadth of body part metaphorization in English and Chinese.


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