Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica




A Corpus-based Study of KIND Metaphors

  • Prof. Siaw-Fong Chung (Department of English, National Chengchi University)
    Host: Wei-Yun Ma
  • 2020-01-21 (Tue.) 10:00 – 12:00
  • Auditorium106 at IIS new Building

Although metaphors have been extensively researched in the past, kind metaphors (X is a kind of Y) have not been the focus of research, or, to some extent, they are not considered as metaphors. In this talk, we will show what kind metaphors are and how they work as metaphors. Unlike the source and target domains of conceptual metaphors that contain designated or expected level of conceptualization, kind metaphors set no restriction on the specificity of domains. Yet, like most metaphors, kind metaphors contain two concepts that are related by a language user to achieve a certain discourse effect. Kind metaphors are often intentionally created to explain somethingin terms of another. In the first part of this talk, kind metaphors and their corpus examples will be shown. In the second half of this talk, the identification of kind metaphor and linking to ConceptNet will be presented.


Siaw-Fong  Chung ( is  an  Associate  Professor  in the Department of English at the National  Chengchi  University, Taiwan.  Her  areas  of  expertise  include  corpus  linguistics,  lexical  semantics,  and  cognitive  linguistics. She has published work on metaphors, Malay corpus linguistics, and near-synonym research. She leads a rigorous corpus-based research team at her university: