2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Metaphors on Love: Conceiving Emotion Through Our Understanding of the World Around Us
Samantha J. Battrick♦
Dr. Sally Cook, Faculty Mentor

In his book, Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things, George Lakoff explains in great detail the way that we use metaphors in our daily lives and how we are often unaware of our common usage of figures of speech. In the later part of his book, Lakoff examines several case studies of different kinds of metaphors that describe emotions and other abstract concepts. He focuses particularly on the way that we conceive the emotion of anger metaphorically based upon our understanding of the world around us. Lakoff classifies different metaphors based upon their references to natural world. I have done a similar case study on the way we conceive of and find meaning in love through our metaphorical uses of this emotion.

Keywords: Metaphor, Meaning, Emotion, Classification, Love

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -2
Location: MG 1000
Time: 8:15

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