The Contextualized Study on Metaphor: a Research on Metaphor in Chinese Classic Poems

Jing-yuan GUAN


Studies on metaphor of decontextualized words or sentences bring some problems. By studying the metaphor of Chinese classic poems, this paper tries to study metaphor in the context of discourse. It argues that besides source discourse and target discourse, other aspects of context also play an important role in the metaphoric working process. Studying metaphor in contextualized discourse will extend the range of research on metaphor.
Key words: metaphor, discourse, context, Chinese literary allusion, Chinese classic poems
Résumé: L’étude métaphorique des mots et des phrases isolés pourrait causer des problèmes. A travers l’étude métaphorique des citations dans la poésie ancienne chinoise, l’article présent tente d’effectuer l’étude métaphorique dans le texte, en indiquant que non seulement le texte source et le texte cible influent sur la métaphore, mais le contexte joue aussi un rôle important. L’auteur signale ainsi l’importance du contexte dans la recherche métaphorique. L’introduction du contexte ouvrira une nouvelle perspective pour l’étude de la métaphore.
Mots-clés: métaphore, texte, contexte, citation, poésie ancienne chinoise

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