New Phrases to Talk about Work Life in China
Keywords:metonymy, metaphor, Chinese, context
The paper is a small-scale study about eight newly created Chinese phrases in workplace in 2011, which are creative ways of talking about work life and health, new professions, working staff, and company. A cognitive linguistic perspective with a focus on metonymy and metaphor will be applied to analyze how Chinese people produce and interpret these new phrases at the workplace. In addition, various contextual factors will be considered in the analysis to reveal how they function in the creation and comprehension processes of the new phrases.
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