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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(9); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050920.

Study on the Chinese Zodiac Xiehouyu from the Perspective of Conceptual Metaphor


Wang Haobin1, Xie Jiguang2

Corresponding Author:
Xie Jiguang

1College of Foreign Studies, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, China

2College of Foreign Studies, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, China


Xie houyu is a unique Chinese language form produced by the Chinese people in the practice of production and life. As a traditional Chinese culture, the Chinese zodiac is inextricably linked with the folk customs and livelihood of the Chinese people. In the long-term perception of the zodiac animals, people find that many characteristics of the zodiac animals are essentially similar to some living phenomena in human society, so they use some idioms about the zodiac animals to reflect real life and get some rational understanding. From the perspective of cognition, metaphor is not only the comparison between two things based on a similar relationship but "the tool and result of human cognitive activities". (Wang Yin, 2007) Through the cognitive classification and objective static description of this Chinese Zodiac xiehouyu. This study analyzes the metaphorical types of Chinese xiehouyu within Chinese zodiac animals, explains its metaphorical structure and semantic characteristics, and finally, elucidates the cultural connotation of Chinese Zodiac Animal Xiehouyu against the backdrop of Chinese national culture.


Zodiac xiehouyu, Conceptual metaphor, Cognition

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Wang Haobin, Xie Jiguang. Study on the Chinese Zodiac Xiehouyu from the Perspective of Conceptual Metaphor. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 9: 125-132. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050920.


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