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plays a pivotal role in Chinese culture as echoed in the saying “Eating is everything for people”. In Chinese, a multitude of expressions related to eating are metaphorically used to talk about aspects of and we call them “ metaphors”. metaphors are largely motivated by the primary metaphor . This paper focuses on three prominent elements of the activity (i.e., living as “a process of eating”, living as “a kind of food” and living as “a tool for eating or cooking”) which give rise to the following metaphors: , and . The mappings from the domain of to the domain of are largely based on their similarities on the generic level. Using the apparatus of 3, we find that the concept of in Chinese can colexify , and , and all cases of colexification can be accounted for by the metaphor. It is the experiential similarities between the activity and the activity that make the structural mappings between two domains possible and that people can use one domain of experience to talk about another.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Chī “eat”; colexification; eating metaphors; mapping; systematicity
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