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Spatial Metaphor
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Spatial metaphors are those metaphors that have space as their source domain and map the image-schematic structure of space onto that of nonspatial and typically abstract target domains, thus enabling the user to talk about and perhaps even to think of those nonspatial domains in spatial terms. Examples are “the future is in front, the past is behind”, as captured in phrases like qiánchéng sì jǐn 前程似錦 /fr…

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Chun LAN, “Spatial Metaphor”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000393>
First published online: 2015

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