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Exploration of Conceptual Metaphor Theory in Cognitive Linguistics

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2024.070113 | Downloads: 20 | Views: 229


Qingkun Lin 1


1 College of Foreign Languages, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, Hebei, 063210, China

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Qingkun Lin


Conceptual metaphor theory posits that metaphors are cognitive phenomena shaping our understanding of the world, not just linguistic tools. This essay explores the metaphor "Love is a Journey" within this framework, analyzing its grounding in embodied experiences and its impact on understanding love. Like mapping, projection, embodied simulation, and conceptual integration play key roles in shaping language, thought, and perception. While the theory contributes significantly, critics challenge its universality and call for more empirical support. Counterarguments suggest alternative perspectives on love, such as an existential state or a state of being, and emphasize cultural and personal variations. Recognizing these perspectives enriches our understanding of metaphorical concepts in the realm of romantic relationships, highlighting the complexity and diversity of human experiences.


Conceptual metaphor theory; Cognitive linguistics; Love is a Journey; Cognitive processes


Qingkun Lin, Exploration of Conceptual Metaphor Theory in Cognitive Linguistics. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2024) Vol. 7: 80-86. DOI:


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