Reform is a journey: Conceptualizing China’s Reform and Opening-Up in the Official News Discourse

Longxing Li, Vincent Xian Wang, Lily Lim

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This study explores the conceptual metaphors used in the official news discourse of China’s reform and opening-up. The BCC People’s Daily Corpus is selected as the database from which concordances of the Chinese word gaige (reform) are retrieved and collected to build a reform-themed concordance corpus. The analysis of metaphors identified from the structure “gaige + shi” has revealed that journey is the predominant source domain of reform metaphors. The source, goal, path, and mode elements of the journey schema are also analyzed in detail. It is found that these elements are mobilized by the state media as important strategies in calling for more people in joining the reform and keeping it moving forward towards destinations one after another.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 23rd Workshop, CLSW 2022, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsQi Su, Ge Xu, Xiaoyan Yang
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031289552
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event23rd Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 14 May 202215 May 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13496 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference23rd Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2022
CityVirtual, Online


  • Conceptual Metaphor
  • Corpus
  • Gaige
  • News Discourse
  • Reform


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