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Conceptual metaphor and media bias: a critical metaphor analysis of British and American mainstream media reports on the Hong Kong riots

Xuan Ji
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


This article makes a comparative analysis of the use of metaphors in the Hong Kong riot reports by British and American mainstream media. The analysis reveals the conceptualization process of events and finds that the use of metaphors is mainly concentrated in the war domain, the flare domain, and the natural forces domain.

Corresponding author: Xuan Ji, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, E-mail:


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Published Online: 2021-05-12
Published in Print: 2021-05-26

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