Figurative Language in contemporary Korean Teuroteus

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Sitthinee Thammachai


The purpose of this research is to study the types of figurative language in Contemporary Korean teuroteus. The data is 280 KoreIncluding metaphor, simile, metonymy, and hyperbole. For the metaphor, it found two types those are metaphor of animation and metaphors of non-animation.  As a consequence, they could divide into seven sub-categories according to their meaning, i.e. metaphor of person, metaphor of place, metaphor of vehicle, metaphor of equipment, metaphor of food, metaphor of thing, metaphor of object and metaphor of energy. Whereas the form of metaphorical language reflects the concepts of love is a person, concerning of is a person, date is a people, youth is a people, nature is a people, mind is a place, love is a place, people is a place, man is a boat, loneliness is a food, mind is a thing, date is a thing, youth is a thing, destiny is a book, happiness is liquid, friendship is liquid, and love is energy. The simile in Korean teuroteus compare people, things and feelings with nature, animals, objects such as honey, reeds, butterflies. The word forms used as metonymy were found with two types, THE PART FOR THE WHOLE and THE OBJECT FOR THE USER. Hyperbole refers to an act that is impossible in real life, such as running across an ocean. The occurrence of lightning strikes etc.

The patterns of figurative language used in Contemporary Korean teuroteus arise from both vocabulary and grammar. It observed that there are comparative words in the simile. In addition, comparisons can state by using verbs. From the analysis of Korean teuroteus, it revealed that contemporary Korean teuroteus still use denotative meaning words, emphasizing on the fun of the lyrics and the melodies. The lyrics also tell the daily life stories. Moreover, it also mentions about the season changes, environment, scenery, and the reinforcement for moral support to fight for life.


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Thammachai, S. (2022). Figurative Language in contemporary Korean Teuroteus. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 18(1), 152–183. Retrieved from
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