Metaphor, Culture, And Worldview / Edition 1

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Overview

Using dominant metaphors in American English and the Chinese language, Metaphor, Culture, and Worldview explores how metaphor is a product that is simultaneously shaped by and is shaping the culture and the worldview of the people who use it, and how it showcases some unique features of communication of the speakers of the two languages. Using examples mostly from media and other public speeches and writings, author Dilin Liu argues that sports and business constitute the dominant metaphors in American English while family and eating form the prevailing metaphors in Chinese. To assist the reader in understanding the metaphors discussed, the book contains a glossary of dominant American and Chinese metaphorical idioms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761824220
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dilin Liu is Professor and Director of MATESOL at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Notes on Chinese Names and Translations Chapter 4 Metaphor and Culture: An Introduction Chapter 5 Playing on Each Other's Turf: Conflation of Sports, Business, and Politics in America Chapter 6 Playing Hardball and Hitting for Knockouts: The Hard-fought Games between the Republicans and Clinton/the Democrats Chapter 7 Fumbles in Wall Street and the Three Strikes and You're Out Law: The Use of Sports Metaphor in Other Areas of American Life Chapter 8 Buying an Argument and Selling and Agenda in Retail Politics: Business Metaphors in American English Chapter 9 Dangjia [Managing Family] and Chiku [Eating Bitterness] at Work: Family and Eating in Chinese Culture and Language Chapter 10 Relatives or neighbors and married-out daughters: Relationships between Mainland China and Taiwan, and Ties between China and the Overseas Chinese Chapter 11 Human-eating society and Case-eating police: The Use of Eating Metaphors in Chinese Chapter 12 Spinning Wheels in English and Singing Red and White Faces in Chinese: More Culture-Specific Metaphors Chapter 13 Drop the Ball vs. Za Guo Le [Break the Cooking Pot]: A Comparison of Cultural Views and Cross-Language Influence in Metaphor Use Chapter 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 List of Expressions of Dominant Metaphors Chapter 16 References Chapter 17 Index

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