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Chen, Jieyu Jenny
PhD Student (FT)

Master of Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics in Foreign Languages), Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, (2009)

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Chief Supervisor:
Prof. Kathleen Ahrens

Dr Dennis Tay


Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Department, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), California, USA 2016

Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, Guangzhou Civil Aviation College, Guangzhou, China. 2009-2016


Research areas:

Conceptual and Critical Metaphor Analysis
Corpus Linguistics
Language and Politics
Systemic Functional Grammar
Teaching and Assessment 

Title of thesis:

Metaphorical Conceptualization of Globalization in American and Chinese Newspapers

Description of thesis research:

The work of Lakoff and Johnson (1980) has led research on metaphors into the cognitive field. Their theory, known as Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT), defines metaphors as “conceptual” in the sense that metaphors establish associations systematically between seemingly unrelated concepts (Lakoff and Johnson 1980). CMT claims that metaphors, which are ubiquitous in our everyday lives, are not merely linguistic expressions but, rather, involve a cross-domain knowledge projection based on a human’s real-life experiences. (e.g., Johnson 1987; Lakoff and Johnson 1999; Sweester 1990; Grady 1997a; 1997b).

In spite of a plethora of studies examining globalization, its definition remains notoriously vague. A narrow and well-known definition of globalization is to see it as a largely economic phenomenon. (Harvey, 1989; Jameson, 1991; Castells, 2000; Stiglitz, 2002; Firedman, 2005) Anthony Giddens (1990: 64) has described globalization as “the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa”.  As Modelski, Devezas and Thompson (2008) see it, “globalization is a concept contains the historical process of enlargement and deepening of general solidarity among nations, civilizations and political community”.  Despite the endless dispute over its precise definition, the core meaning of globalization remains somewhat uniform: a process of integration in a global scope. In this research, we will focus primarily on the economic and political integration of globalization.

Studying globalization through the lens of metaphor analysis may prove to be effective in helping us understand how this phenomenon is represented in the news media. Firstly, metaphors can be utilized as an information-processing tool capable of representing some complex, abstract political issues and concepts in a manner that is more familiar to people and thus makes them more comprehensible. Therefore, the vocabulary derived from metaphor usage is instrumental for our attempts to comprehend a complex, abstract phenomenon like globalization. Secondly, metaphors are closely associated with ideologies in the sense that people often project their distinctive evaluations and perceptions through their particular metaphor selection. In light of this, metaphor analysis can serve as an ingenious device for revealing the ideologies underlying metaphorical expressions. Thirdly, deeply-entrenched metaphors are usually perceived as the “facts of the matter” with their metaphorical status largely disguised. As a result, “metaphors can impose a particular structure of social and political order by making the world coherent in some ways, while excluding others.” (Kornprobst, Pouliot, Shah, Zaitotti, 2008)

Involvement in research groups, networks and projects:

Jieyu, Chen. An Alignment Approach for the Evaluation of Teaching English to Engineering Majors. Project of Guangdong Educational Evaluation Association, Grant NO. Z-21, 2015.08-2018.05



Jieyu, Chen. A Practical Course of Translation and Writing for PRETCO (Associate Editor-in-chief). China Civil Aviation Press. 2015 

Conference papers

Qianli Ma, Lifeng Shen, Ruishi Su and Jieyu Chen, Two-stage Temporal Multimodal Learning for Speaker and Speech Recognition. International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP). Nov. 2017 

Conference presentations

Jieyu Chen. An Expected or Unexpected “Earthquake”? The Metaphorical Conceptualization of the Trump Phenomenon. International Conference of RaAm (Poster) 


First Prize in the Teaching Skills Competition of Guangdong Province, China, 2013

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award of Hunan Province, China, 2006 


Secretary-General of Guangzhou Translation Association 2013-2016