Exploring the Meta Operation Mechanism of Metaphor below a Word


  • Zili Chen City University of Hong Kong




Conceptual Metaphor


Conceptual Metaphor Theory argues that metaphor is a matter of cognition in a cross-domain manner. This theory set in motion a new wave of research on metaphor theory which focuses on the behavior and function of metaphors in different environments. The current study proposes another approach to exploring a word’s Metaphor Making Potential. Specifically, the paper suggests that an ontology-based approach to metaphor evaluation is de facto more objective and operable than an intuitive-based approach in providing insights into a word’s metaphor-making potential.

Author Biography

Zili Chen, City University of Hong Kong

Zili Chen is a research academic in The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong. His research areas include Computational Linguistics, Functional Linguistics and Neurocognitive Linguistics. He is currently working on the meta mechanism of conceptual metaphor and its quantification.


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How to Cite

Chen, Z. (2010). Exploring the Meta Operation Mechanism of Metaphor below a Word. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 3(3), 295–302. https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.v3i3.295