Metaphors in Newspapers

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING UNIVERSITY OF DA NANG ***

DANANG - 2011 This thesis has been completed at The University of Danang

Supervisor: NGŨ THI N HÙNG, Ph.D

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Examiner 1: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luu Quy Khuong Examiner 2: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Van Phuoc

A STUDY OF METAPHOR IN NEWSPAPERS (ENGLISH VERSUS VIETNAMESE)

This thesis will be orally defended to the Examining Committee at the Field Study: The English Language Code: 60.22.15 University of Danang Time: November 3rd, 2011 Venue: University of Danang

MASTER THESIS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (RESEARCH SUMMARY)

This thesis is available for the purpose of reference at: - Information Resources Center, the University of Danang - The library of College of Foreign Languages, the University of Danang

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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1. RATIONALE Although newspapers have the longest history, they are still the most popular and convenient means of communication. Newspapers have been improved and developed in both quality and quantity to satisfy the requirements of the readers now. Journalists often take the skills of language use into account. Metaphor is one of the most popular devices causing difficulties. Using Metaphor in newspapers satisfies with readers’ curiosity and excitement but sometimes causes many difficulties for us to understand. Study of metaphor has been traditionally associated with the study of literature; the use of metaphor is not restricted to this kind of language. Metaphor exists as a common fact in most of languages in the world. For this reason, I hope the study “A Study of Metaphor in Newspapers (English versus Vietnamese)” will be a contribution to linguistic knowledge about the similarities and differences between English and Vietnamese metaphor, which helps writers, readers, teachers, students, translators use and understand language more effectively. 1.2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.2.1. Aims The study aims to examine metaphorical expressions in English and Vietnamese newspapers in terms of syntactic and semantic features in

order to find out the differences and similarities between two languages in using Metaphor in newspapers. 1.2.2. Objectives of the study This paper is designed to fulfill the following objectives: - To explore the syntactic and semantic features of metaphorical expressions in English and Vietnamese newspapers. - To compare and contrast the syntactic and semantic features to clarify the similarities and differences of metaphorical expressions in English and Vietnamese newspapers. - To suggest some implications for the English teaching - learning and translating in English and Vietnamese. 1.3. RESEARCH QUESTIONS In order to achieve the aims and objectives of the study, the research attempts to seek the information for the following questions. 1. What are the syntactic features of metaphorical expressions in English and Vietnamese newspapers? 2. What are the semantic features of metaphorical expressions in English and Vietnamese newspapers? 3. What are the similarities and the differences between metaphor in English and Vietnamese newspapers in terms of the syntactic and semantic aspect? 1.4. SCOPE OF THE STUDY

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This study aims to observe and describe some commonly used means for expressing metaphors in newspapers in English and Vietnamese. The metaphorical expressions are analyzed in terms of syntactic and semantic aspects. In addition, the study discusses the findings of the similarities and differences, the frequencies of occurrence of metaphors in newspaper language in English and Vietnamese. The investigation explored the metaphorical expressions used in a wide range of topics of everyday life and thus the data collection and data analysis dealt with cases of metaphor in various genres such as short stories, editorials, and news reports in newspapers. 1.5. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY Understanding metaphor used in the newspapers correctly plays a very important...
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