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This paper proposes a dimension of iconicity in metaphor variation at the level of linguistic instantiation, which would be novel in respect of K&#246;vecses&#8217;s (2005) &#8220;kinds of variation in the linguistic expression of the same conceptual metaphor&#8221;. Such a criterion of <i>iconicity</i> is taken from Hiraga&#8217;s (2005) understanding of the mappings of the motor-sensory images evoked by linguistic expressions as &#8220;iconic moments in metaphor&#8221;. A review of cases of metaphor variation between English and Chinese studied by Ning Yu (1995; 2001; 2003) enlightens us about the interest of looking at this dimension. I discuss the pertinence of my proposal within Grady&#8217;s (1997) theoretical framework. Some cases of metaphor variation between Spanish and Chinese are briefly analysed, according to the prominence of the &#8216;imagic mapping&#8217; (cf. Hiraga 2005).


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