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Container Metaphor

Container Metaphor

A containment metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which some concept is represented as:

  • having an inside and outside, and
  • capable of holding something else.

(English)

I’ve had a full life.

Life is empty for him.

Her life is crammed with activities.

Get the most out of life.

Page/s: 29–30, 51
Source: Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980

Lakoff, George, and Mark Johnson. 1980.Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago.

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