From War Metaphors towards “CHINESE DREAM” A Cognitive Perspective

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Yao Siqi


“Chinese Dream” has recevied wide attention from both domestic and abroad. This paper mainly focuses on studying war metaphor in the political discourse about “Chinese Dream”, primarily based on the theoretical framework of conceptual metaphor. Metaphorical linguistic descriptions of war appearing in the important speeches of Xi Jinping were analysed as explanations of the abstract concept of Chinese Dream. Results were that war metaphors, based on direct physical knowledge of conflict, made abstract characteristics of “Chinese Dream” more concrete and comprehensible for listeners. The features of source domain “war” were mapped into target domain “Chinese Dream” because of the existence of characteristic similarities between the two concepts, reflecting the Chinese spirit of diligence, courage and perseverance. It ought to be influenced by both longstanding patriotic traditions and in-depth historical background combined with progressive mordern ideas for reform and innovation. Using war-related metaphorical phrases to refer to "Chinese Dream” effectively communicated ideology, awakening a sense of responsibility, history, conduct, outlook, and values among young Chinese people. These listeners were actively encouraged to help create a Chinese dream in reality. It further inspired young people to realize the youth passion of the Chinese dream, make the Chinese dream deeply rooted in the minds of young people, be preparated to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.


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Siqi, Y. (2018). From War Metaphors towards “CHINESE DREAM”: A Cognitive Perspective. Journal of Human Sciences, 19(2), 71-101. Retrieved from
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