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The Presentation of Metaphor in the 7th Edition of Modern Chinese Dictionary

Nan Geng, Zhiyuan Zhang


This article takes the 7th Edition of Modern Chinese Dictionary as an example to analyse the presentation of metaphor from aspects of headword, sense, definition and example. According to the statistical analysis, we found 2812 words with metaphorical meanings and divided them into three types: Fixed metaphorical meaning, semi-fixed metaphorical meaning and contextual metaphorical meaning. The article distinguished literal-dominant words, literal-metaphor dominant words and metaphor-dominant words. Finally, we made some suggestions on the definitions and examples of these different types of words.


Metaphorical Meaning; Modern Chinese Dictionary(7th Edition); Polysement

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v4i11.2983