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Synaesthesia in Chinese: A corpus-based study on gustatory adjectives in Mandarin

Zhao, Qingqing and Huang, Chu-Ren and Long, Yunfei (2018) 'Synaesthesia in Chinese: A corpus-based study on gustatory adjectives in Mandarin.' Linguistics, 56 (5). 1167 - 1194. ISSN 2072-8379

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Abstract

This study adopted a corpus-based approach to examine the synaesthetic metaphors of gustatory adjectives in Mandarin. Based on the distribution of synaesthetic uses in the corpus, we found that: (1) the synaesthetic metaphors of Mandarin gustatory adjectives exhibited directionality; (2) the directionality of Mandarin synaesthetic gustatory adjectives showed both commonality and specificity when compared with the attested directionality of gustatory adjectives in English, which calls for a closer re-examination of the claim of cross-lingual universality of synaesthetic tendencies; and (3) the distribution and directionality of Mandarin synaesthetic gustatory adjectives could not be predicted by a single hypothesis, such as the embodiment-driven approach or the biological association-driven approach. Thus, linguistic synaesthesia was constrained by both the embodiment principle and the biological association mechanism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: synaesthetic metaphors; corpus-based; gustatory adjectives; Mandarin
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 08:23
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 09:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27755

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