The Ego and Time-Moving Metaphor

As I’ve said before, the primary (if not the only) real experimental evidence for conceptual metaphor theory — the theory that abstract concepts are structured by more concrete (i.e., closer to sensory/perceptual) concepts — comes from one domain: time. Time, according to conceptual metaphor theory, is structured primarily through spatial metaphors. In English, there are two dominant spatial metaphors: the ego-moving metaphor, in which we are moving toward the future (e.g., "I’m coming up on my 30th birthday"), and the time-moving metaphor, in which we are stationary while time moves towards us (e.g., "My 30th birthday is fast approaching").

Or… "that ninja is fast approaching"… wait, that’s not metaphorical.

Understanding spatial terms and metaphors at scienceblogs


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Posted: November 27th, 2006
at 8:33am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,fo' real?

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