2014/2015 The School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
From Antonym to Synonym:
Metaphor and Metonymy in Contrastively Antonymous Four-Character Forms in Chinese
袁愫 Yuan Su
March 6, 2015 (Friday); 5:30pm-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Four-Character Form (FCF) is a particularly expressive form in Chinese with a typical structure of the combination of 2+2. This talk focuses on the analysis of metaphor and metonymy occurred in the antonymous morphemes and semantic changes caused within contrastively antonymous FCF. The pervasive occurrence of metaphor and metonymy in contrastively antonymous FCF is then possible to be explained from two linguistic perspectives, lexicalization and prosodic phonology. Based on deduction and linguistic facts, the contrastive semantic field is argued to be developed semantically by means of metaphor and metonymy.
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