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Olfactory metaphors in the online environment

Alina Tenescu
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Alina Tenescu: University of Craiova, Romania

Social Sciences and Education Research Review, 2015, vol. 2, issue 1, 67-80

Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to analyze the main aspects of the olfactory metaphor in online perfume reviews and to identify its main characteristics in the non-specialized perfume discourse. Using as a starting point the approach whose overall view is guided by conceptual metaphor theory, we will identify, analyze and classify the main elements of the metaphorical schema associated with the olfactory metaphor related to fragrance perception and description. We will illustrate this category by examples taken from a corpus of excerpts of online non-specialized perfume discourse. Managing the issue of perception and description of fragrance in the online environment allows us an orientation of the research by multiple approaches of the semantics of perfume-speak: the recognition of essential aspects of perfume imaginary, with a focus on the olfactory metaphor in our research corpus; the analysis of sensory impressions and representations in online non-specialized discourse about fragrance. Our main aim is to organize conceptualizations of perfume notes into several categories, following the model inspired by the research of Lakoff and Johnson (Metaphors we live by, 1980).

Keywords: conceptual metaphors; description; odour; online perfume reviews; olfactory metaphor; perception; senses (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 Z10 H0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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