Cross-cultural Metaphor Awareness as a Key component in Intercultural Communication Competence

Adeleh Heidari (1) , Azizollah Dabaghi (2)
(1) University of Isfahan , Iran, Islamic Republic of
(2) University of Isfahan , Iran, Islamic Republic of


The main purpose of this study is to take the first step in raising foreign language learners’ cultural awareness through comparing ECONOMY conceptual metaphors in Persian and English economic articles. It is hoped that in this way we can pave the way for the development in language learners’ intercultural awareness. In this paper, the authors explored English and Persian economic articles for the source domains of ECONOMY AS A LIVING ORGANISM. The results revealed that linguistic realizations of ECONOMY IS A LIVING ORGANISM metaphor are largely shared by English and Persian, the difference being mainly in terms of frequency. This paper has also made an effort to demonstrate that focusing on conceptual metaphors may have a useful function in raising learners' linguistic and intercultural awareness.

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Author Biographies

Adeleh Heidari, University of Isfahan

Adeleh Heidari, is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. Her main areas of interest are Foreign Language Learning and Teaching , Cultural Linguistics, and English for specific Purposes.

Azizollah Dabaghi, University of Isfahan

Azizollah Dabaghi, is an associate professor at the University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. He has published many articles regarding issues in second/foreign language teaching and learning. His main areas of interest are Foreign Language Learning and Teaching , Intercultural Communication, and translation.

Heidari, A., & Dabaghi, A. (2015). Cross-cultural Metaphor Awareness as a Key component in Intercultural Communication Competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 15(1), 1–09.

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