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ERIC Number: EJ1127440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
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A Corpus-Based Stylistic Analysis of "Body-Soul" and "Heaviness-Lightness" Metaphors in Kundera's Novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
Hussein, Khalid Shakir; Ameer, May Ali Abdul
Advances in Language and Literary Studies, v6 n5 p22-39 Oct 2015
This paper represents an attempt to conduct a corpus-based stylistic analysis of two conceptual metaphors in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," which is a novel written by Milan Kundera. "Soul-body" and "lightness-heaviness" metaphors are foregrounded as being central themes all through the novel. The way such metaphors are used in the novel indicates an insightful employment of metaphor as a cognitive tool which empowers language users with a capacity of conceptualizing different experiences. The researcher adopts "conceptual metaphor theory" to produce a sort of conceptual analysis incorporating Leech's semantic componential analysis within the overall analytic procedure. Different techniques are figured out in relation to the creative ways of manipulating the cognitive level of language, such as "conceptual switching," "conceptual extension," and "conceptual fusion." These creative techniques are carefully used in the novel under investigation with different ranges of metaphorical creativity. Conceptual switching might be simple but very active in deviating from the conventional conceptual system. Conceptual extension marks certain minute elaborations conventional metaphors undergo extending the limits of cognitive conceptualization. As for conceptual fusion, it proves to be interestingly powerful in producing certain aggregations of metaphorical mappings.
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Novels, Semantics, Figurative Language, Psycholinguistics, Language Styles, Literary Devices, Creativity, Cognitive Mapping, Concept Formation, Linguistic Theory
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