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Selected Body-Part Terms as a Means for Conveying Abstract Concepts in The Economist: The Case of Head, Eye, Mouth and Nose

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The human body and its distinct parts are considered to play an important role in the figurative comprehension of reality, which is partly due to the fact that they are clearly delineated in our minds. Our experience of the body is imaginatively mapped onto other domains, enabling us to fully understand and express concepts that are less tangible and cannot be easily determined or directly represented through language. The chapter aims to give an insight into these phenomena, basing on an analysis of the figurative extensions of four source concepts: head, eye, mouth and nose in a corpus of the 1995-1996 issues of The Economist. The main areas of research in the field encompass, among other things, a number of cross-linguistic investigations focusing on selected body-part terms as a source for metaphors and metonymies denoting more abstract concepts and entities, mainly in general or journalistic texts.

Keywords: cross-linguistic investigations; human body; metaphors; metonymies; The Economist



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