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What is a container metaphor?

 

Definition
 

A containment metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which some concept is represented as

 
  • having an inside and outside, and
  • capable of holding something else.
Examples (English)
 
  • I’ve had a full life.
  • Life is empty for him.
  • Her life is crammed with activities.
  • Get the most out of life.

 
Source:

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 51

Generic
  A container metaphor is a kind of
 
Source
 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 29–30, 51


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