Embodied Conceptualization or Neural Realization

A Corpus-Driven Study of Mandarin Synaesthetic Adjectives

  • Qingqing Zhao

Part of the Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics book series (FiCL, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Qingqing Zhao
    Pages 1-17
  3. Qingqing Zhao
    Pages 19-34
  4. Qingqing Zhao
    Pages 35-68
  5. Qingqing Zhao
    Pages 69-80
  6. Qingqing Zhao
    Pages 129-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-145

About this book


This book focuses on linguistic synaesthesia in a hitherto less-studied language – Mandarin Chinese – and adopts a corpus-driven approach to support the analysis and argumentation. The study identifies directional tendencies and underlying mechanisms for Mandarin synaesthetic adjectives. By doing so, it not only provides an added layer of understanding for theories of linguistic synaesthesia, but also offers evidence to help refine previous theories, such as Embodiment Theory and Conceptual Metaphor Theory. 

In brief, the book makes a significant contribution to the development of Cognitive Linguistics. The intended readership includes, but is not limited to, graduate students in linguistics and researchers interested in Chinese linguistics in particular, and in lexical semantics and cognitive linguistics in general.


Synaesthesia Sensory Association Metaphor Mandarin Chinese Mapping Directionality Embodiment Neural Realization Corpus-Driven Conceptual Metaphor Theory Culturally-bounded

Authors and affiliations

  • Qingqing Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of LinguisticsChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Peking University Press 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9314-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9315-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-5308
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-5316
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