Open Journal of Modern Linguistics

Volume 4, Issue 4 (October 2014)

ISSN Print: 2164-2818   ISSN Online: 2164-2834

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Intonation Metaphor

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DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2014.44042    6,657 Downloads   8,321 Views  


As an important concept in Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), grammatical metaphor can be categorized into ideational metaphor, interpersonal metaphor, arguably logical metaphor and textual metaphor on the basis of metafunctions. Ever since its initiation, grammatical metaphor, ideational metaphor in particular, has captured extensive attention from scholars throughout the world and various aspects including its categorization, motivation, realization, meaning and so on have been investigated. However, viewed from the perspective of language system, previous studies have been mainly focused on the stratum of lexicogrammar. Few have been directed at the phonological stratum which realizes lexicogrammar. It is suggested that phonological stratum also manifests such a metaphorical phenomenon. This paper will attempt to conduct an investigation on what we call intonation metaphor in this stratum in terms of its realization, motivation, semantics and functions. In addition, relationships among metaphors on the three linguistic strata will also be tentatively investigated.

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Jiang, C. (2014) Intonation Metaphor. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 4, 495-504. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2014.44042.

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