The conceptual metaphor of gold in Vietnamese from the source domain perspective

  • Đặng Thị Hảo Tâm


This paper approaches the concept of gold from the source domain perspective. In the construction of the concept of gold in the source domain, the characteristic of "preciousness" is the focal meaning, from which it can map on to two opposite categories: "valuable thing" and "sex stimulating thing". With the construction "A IS B", some conceptual metaphors of gold are built on the basis of human bodily experiences in interactions with the world. The connotation and linguistic expressions reflecting us age contexts of gold  show that the conceptual metaphor of gold is real.

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