This paper analyzes and interprets the meaning construction of Chinese new idioms using a conceptual blending approach and discusses the results against the background of Chinese cultural context in order to gain a broader understanding of the phenomena. And this study focuses on Chinese new idioms. Conceptual blending is a primary means of encoding the metaphorical meaning of idiom. It blends the concepts, which come from different cognitive frames, through the cross-space mapping, to form the new concept, namely, the metaphorical meaning of idiom. The process of idiom formation is essentially a semantic leap, thus, a process of frame-shifting. Moreover, the cultural models play a very important role in the conceptual blending, which forms the idioms. It provides possibilities for conceptual blending with unique cultural connotations. Therefore, this paper is intended to use the conceptual blending theory to reveal the meaning construction mechanism of Chinese new idioms for readers, so as to make readers understand that the meaning of Chinese new idiom is constructed through the non-linear integrated approach. And this paper introduces the nonlinear semantic analysis method to the study of idiom’s meaning construction will provide a new perspective for semantic study of idiom.
Chinese Non-Orthodox Culture (RICNC) of Sichuan University, China and The College of Literature and Journalism of Sichuan University, China.
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