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What is a source domain?



A source domain is a concept that is metaphorically used to provide the means of understanding another concept.

Examples (English)
  • A verticality schema, as a source domain, is metaphorically applied to the concept of amount in the more-as-up and less-as-down metaphors expressed in the following sentences:

    • The crime rate keeps rising.
    • The number of books published each year keeps going up.
    • That stock has fallen again.
    • Our sales dropped last year.


    Lakoff, G. 1987 276

  • Kind
      Here is a kind of source domain:

    Lakoff, G. 1987 276–277, 288

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