Investigating and understanding plant expressions is essential for exploring conceptual frames (Hsieh 2009a). This chapter explores life-form expressions with the aim to discover the cognitive model underlying the expressions. We start with investigating fruit-related fixed expressions and then go on to introduce other plant expressions. Toward the end, animal expressions are considered for the purpose of presenting the cognitive model. Our data were collected from dictionaries, literature and mass media. Goddard (1998) semantic molecules are the theoretical background within which the data are analyzed. Results show that language users hold the cognition of family resemblances when using life-form expressions. Language users ingeniously manipulate language through vehicles in nature, such as life forms, space, time. Language also connects people with both the tangible and intangible and appears as macroscopic family resemblances.
|Title of host publication||Embodiment in Language (II)|
|Subtitle of host publication||Food, Emotion and Beyond|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Jan 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities(all)
- Social Sciences(all)