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What is a substance metaphor?

 

Definition
 

A substance metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which an abstraction, such as an event, activity, emotion, or idea, is represented as material.

Examples (English)
 
  • Here are some examples of the activity-as-substance metaphor:

    • There was a lot of good sprinting in the race.
    • I couldn’t do much sprinting until the end.
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    Adapted from:

    Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 31

    Generic
      A substance metaphor is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 25, 31


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