Conceptual Metaphors of Equipment Terms in Tai Phuan


  • Usana Aree
  • Narongkan Rodsap


Conceptual Metaphor, Tai Phuan, Equipment Terms


The objective of this article is to study conceptual metaphors of equipment terms in Tai Phuan, derived from the use of metaphors using a cognitive linguistics approach. This study is based on lexical words of local instruments of the Tai Phuan people in Hat Siao, Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai Province.

The results of the study showed that there is an amplification of meaning in conceptual metaphors accounted for 35.71 percent. The semantics can be categorized into 10 categories, divided into four types of ontological correspondence processes: female; human symptoms; animal; and material (different categories). In addition, there are six types of epistemic correspondence processes: material + human symptoms; material + human organ; material +human condition; human symptoms + material; animal + human symptoms; and human habitat + material.

Author Biographies

Usana Aree

Lecturer, Department of Thai Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi

Narongkan Rodsap

Assistant Professor, Department of Thai Language, Faculty of Humanities, Naresuan University


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How to Cite

Aree, U., & Rodsap, N. (2023). Conceptual Metaphors of Equipment Terms in Tai Phuan. Journal of Thai Studies, 18(1), 1–28. Retrieved from



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