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The present study investigates the relation between and non-sensory domains conceptually close to it. Observing metaphorical extensions of the Italian basic temperature terms ‘hot’ and ‘cold’, individuated through a collocational analysis performed on the ItTenTen16 corpus, mental operations responsible for the association of with other domains are assessed. Interestingly, many associations are first elaborated onto and then used to map concepts onto . Although conceptual associations are primarily motivated by embodiment, in some cases they stem from a shared “vertical” image-schematic structure: and are , while is on the axis, resembling the configuration of other domains with a positive/negative orientation (e.g., ). A visual representation of the semantic network of highlights that domains associated with are mirrored in its two poles: for instance, and are associated, respectively, with and .


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