Metaphors for the Nation: Conceptualization of Its BODY and/or PERSON

Musolff, Andreas (2020) Metaphors for the Nation: Conceptualization of Its BODY and/or PERSON. In: Cultural Conceptualizations in Language and Communication. Second Language Learning and Teaching . Springer, pp. 3-23. ISBN 978-3-030-42733-7

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One of the key-complexes for conceptualizing national identity is that of the metaphor of the nation as a body or a person. Such nation-embodiment and -personalization have a long conceptual history in English-speaking cultures and still figure in present-day political discourse. However, do metaphor users from different cultures understand such metaphors in the same way as English-L1-speakers? Empirical evidence from an intercultural metaphor interpretation survey conducted in English-as-lingua franca provides evidence of variation in Nation-embodiment and-personalization on the reception-side. Five scenarios of interpretive conceptualization can be identified, which are variably distributed across different national/linguistic cohorts: nation as body, as geobody, as part of a larger body, as part of ego’s body and as a person. This chapter focuses on comparing such scenarios across the English-L1 and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)-L1 cohorts. The results show differences in scenario distribution, as well as in the use of irony and humor and of topical references to socio-economic and political developments or national stereotypes. In conclusion, we discuss how these differences are related to culture-specific discourse traditions.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: embodiment,english as lingua franca,english-l1,metaphor,national identity,scenario,survey,education,language and linguistics,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 00:09
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:44
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-42734-4_1

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