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Substance Metaphor

Substance Metaphor

A substance metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which an abstraction, such as an event, activity, emotion, or idea, is represented as material.

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  • Here are some examples of the activity-as-substance metaphor:
    • There was a lot of good sprinting in the race.
    • I couldn’t do much sprinting until the end.
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Source: Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980

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

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