Northern Illinois University, Department of English
Style vol:special edition pages:541-559
This article integrates grammatical analysis into the study of conceptual metaphors. Although the study accepts the work of Lakoff (1987), Johnson (1987), and Kövecses (1986), it argues that these lexical approaches are insufficient to offer rigorous and complete analysis of cross-reference mapping. It takes the hypothesis that lexis and morpho-syntax are interdependent, presented by Langacker (1990, 1999) and Talmy (1988, 2000), and examines the grammatical structure of conceptual metaphors. The analysis focuses on two emotion concepts, ROMANTIC LOVE and ANGER. Firstly, the discussion demonstrates weaknesses in a lexically based analysis of conceptual metaphors by examining ANGER. It argues that current approaches to the study of metaphors lack both sufficient means for the verification of results and sufficient tools for revealing the structure of those results. The discussion moves to resolve these issues by examining the emotion concept LOVE. Instead of focusing purely on the lexical structure of the conceptual metaphor, it combines this with a study of grammatical structure. In doing so, it demonstrates how this grammatical evidence may help resolve problems faced by lexical analyses.