Metaphors of Animal Proverbs in Taiwan Southern Min

  • 蘇 婕佩

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The study aims at exploring the metaphorical and metonymic meanings of animal proverbs in Taiwan Southern Min and analyzing the relationships between animal expressions and the interpretations We explain the way how animal expressions are interpreted and how the metaphorical and metonymic relationships of animal proverbs are constructed by adopting conceptual metaphors the GREAT CHAIN METAPHOR Mental Space Theory and the target-in-source metonymy When a proverb implies a conceptual metaphor it has the animal expression as its object or theme When a proverb contains animal affairs and human affairs it can be explained by the blending theory Based on the GREAT CHAIN METAPHOR animal expressions are divided into two groups one with animal behaviors and the other with human behaviors and both of them imply metaphorical meanings A proverb may adopt animal organs to represent the animal and the proverb also has a metaphorical meaning related to human affairs This study shows the constructions and procedures of the metaphor about animal proverbs in Taiwan Southern Min and generalizes the semantic mapping between animal source domains and human target domains The finding of the current study could help people to facilitate familiarization with Taiwan Southern Min by understanding those proverbs
Date of Award2017 Aug 31
LanguageEnglish
SupervisorHui-Chi Lee (Supervisor)

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Metaphors of Animal Proverbs in Taiwan Southern Min
婕佩, 蘇. (Author). 2017 Aug 31

Student thesis: Master's Thesis