Chinese language information discourse

Recontextualizing political metaphor in information discourse

A case learn about of the Chinese language president’s metaphors in English reviews

Li Pan1 and Chuxin Huang
DOI: 10.4324/9781003032984-7




The shut dating between politics, language and media can also be mirrored in that political discourse continuously bureaucracy a the most important a part of media discourse (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010; Okulska & Cap, 2010). The discourse produced through political leaders is regularly of significant worry to their very own nation and society, the media or even the global neighborhood. When the media recontextualize and keep in touch the speeches of politicians, they now not handiest tell the target audience what the audio system have mentioned, but in addition affect how the readers view the politicians and their public utterances via positioning the audio system and their discourse within the information protection (Schäffner, 2015). In different phrases, the recontextualization of political discourse to media discourse issues now not handiest what concept is conveyed but in addition how it’s expressed. Political discourse has lengthy been analysed as “a method of codifying the way in which public orators used language for persuasive and different functions” within the Western vintage rhetoric (Chilton, 2004, p. ix). Political metaphor utilized by political leaders, as a significant linguistic function of political discourse, has been extensively circulated and gained a lot media consideration (Charteris-Black, 2011; Musolff, 2016). On the other hand, how political metaphor is accommodated in information media has a long way from been completely researched. What is particularly fascinating however little touched upon is how political metaphors utilized by political leaders of their public speeches are translated and recontextualized within the home and overseas media.

Drawing upon the recontextualization ideas in Important Discourse Research (CDA) (Fairclough, 2003) and the Appraisal Principle (AT) (Martin & White, 2005), the authors suggest an analytical type to inspect the recontextualization of metaphors utilized by political leaders in information discourse throughout languages and cultures. This learn about investigates a metaphor that the Chinese language President Xi Jinping utilized in his speech all over a 2019 seek advice from to Nepal and its various English variations quoted in English information reviews disseminated each through the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media in an effort to discover how a Chinese language political metaphor utilized in political speech is got rid of from its unique context, quoted, accommodated and recontextualized in English media reviews. The analysis questions are (1) What are the variations between the translations of the political metaphor through the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media? (2) How is the metaphor quoted and recontextualized in information discourse? (3) Why does the recontextualization of metaphors fluctuate within the information discourse through the Chinese language and the Western media?



(Re)contextualization of political metaphor in information and translation

World media are discovered lively in reporting and spreading metaphors sourced from political discourse (Charteris-Black, 2011; Musolff, 2016). The language utilized in political contexts bureaucracy a style or form of discourse – “political discourse” – in part as a result of political actions are “in large part discursive” (van Dijk, 1997, p. 37). Metaphor has been hired for persuasion in political discourse since Aristotle (Charteris-Black, 2014). The Conceptual Metaphor Principle (CMT) holds that metaphors aren’t simply linguistic expressions however mirror how our ideas, attitudes and movements are arranged (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980; Ortony, 1993). A metaphor thus would possibly evoke various understandings of its supply symbol given our other reviews and perceptions in regards to the symbol. In a similar way, political metaphor frames or influences how we understand or perceive political problems via exploiting the supply area pictures to cover or spotlight sure sides of the objective ideas in query (Musolff, 2016). Metaphors are “merchandise of discourse, and thus are completely contextualized” or “inseparable from context” (Gibbs & Lonergan, 2009, p. 251). The persuasion of political metaphor could also be “a multi-layered discourse serve as” dependent at the interplay between “purpose, linguistic selection and context” (Charteris-Black, 2011, p. 51). Political metaphors are due to this fact contextually contingent in relation to the manufacturing and interpretation in their meanings or intents, particularly when it comes to recontextualization.

The connections throughout contexts can also be understood as intertextuality, which could also be “an issue of recontextualization” (Fairclough, 2003, p. 61). In addressing the recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse, the political discourse is seen as taken out of its originated context to go into the scoop discourse context. For the reason that “the media belong to the primary actors in political verbal exchange” (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010, p. 3) and the media additionally interact with political occasions and discourse in information manufacturing, “journalistic texts are thus additionally in intertextual members of the family with political texts, which, additionally, can also be members of the family of intertextuality throughout languages and cultures” (Schaffner, 2012, p. 112).

Bernstein (1990) defines recontextualization as having a discourse relocated from its unique context or follow and appropriated inside any other one. According to Bernstein’s relatively slender definition, Fairclough (1988, 2003) and Chouliaraki and Fairclough (1999) widely outline recontextualization as a illustration of social occasions. Additionally, recontextualization in information discourse must believe information as “the social development of fact” (Fowler, 1991, p. 10). On this learn about, the recontextualization of political discourse in information discourse comes to each the citation of political metaphor as a communicative tournament and the appropriation of the quoted metaphor in information discourse.

What makes quotations of political speeches in information reviews throughout languages tending to provide ambiguity is that they’re most often quoted within the goal language within the information as though the unique audio system in reality uttered them within the goal language. The citation is represented as both a reported speech that comes to “a metamorphosis of fact” signalled through linguistic indicators (Günthner, 1992, p. 225) or an instantaneous speech that may well be deceptive in reporting the political discourse for using citation marks does now not essentially put across the unique meanings (Brownlie, 2010). Within the circumstances of quoting overseas languages, translation is invisible; whether or not the interpretation needs to be “undertaken through the journalist or through any person else is totally elided” (Brownlie, 2010, p. 40). When the quoted extracts are decontextualized from the political context after which recontextualized into the scoop discourse, the modified angle and purpose shall be carefully associated with “the brand new context, the needs that translators and different brokers … pursue and their total political objectives” (Ietcu-Fairclough, 2008, p. 68). Such quotations would possibly entail the location or negotiation of discourse individuals and social realities via generating competing narratives within the unfolding texts.

In representing the quotes of overseas political discourse in information reviews, the media can lodge to other translated variations and reporting verbs to subtly alternate the unique that means and purpose. In interlingual information reporting, the quotations of the political metaphors act because the contextualization cues on the intertextual degree in information reporting (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010; Schäffner, 2008, 2012). Whilst the lexical pieces of political metaphors quoted in information are key to their persuasion and interpretation within the media context (Pan & Huang, 2020), different co-occurring indicators within the information textual content additionally topic. On this sense, now not handiest the analysis of the ones cues but in addition the translations of the metaphor must depend on “co-occurrence judgements” manifested in different parts (Gumperz, 1989, p. 3).

Thus, it’s fascinating to match how the other translations of the similar metaphor sourced from political discourse are quoted and recontextualized through various English information media. Students have touched upon the political metaphors utilized in media discourse from various sides, such because the impact of political metaphors on supporting or deflecting public reviews in mass-media language (De Landtsheer, 2009), the relation of the communicative doable of metaphor use in headlines to their culture-specific parts (White & Herrera, 2009), and the adaptation of the similar political metaphors recontextualized in media language (Kövecses, 2009). The difference of metaphor is extra widespread in interlingual information reporting the place a political metaphor from the originated context is translated, remodeled and recontextualized, for the reason that the metaphors are discovered disambiguated in press translation (Gumul, 2010, p. 99). Thus far, most commonly investigated is appropriation or mediation in media translation in keeping with (re)framing (Baker, 2007; Valdeón, 2008; van Doorslaer, 2010; Pan, 2014, 2015; Qin & Zhang, 2018; Wu, 2018; Liu, 2019), whilst somewhat underrepresented is how the quotes of political metaphors are translated and contextualized in information translation (Schäffner, 2008, 2012; Pan, 2019; Pan & Huang, 2020). Much more hardly ever explored are the other functions and purposes of the quoted and relocated political metaphors from one follow or context to any other.


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Recontextualizing political metaphor: an analytical type

On this learn about, recontextualization, because the incorporation of political metaphor from Chinese language political discourse into English media discourse, comes to a motion of the discursive follow of political speech, e.g. the cope with through President Xi in a overseas seek advice from, to the media follow of stories reviews, both through the Chinese language or the overseas media within the English language. Determine 4.1 illustrates the recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse as a social follow throughout language and cultural limitations.

Determine 4.1Modelling recontextualization of political metaphors in information discourse

As Determine 4.1 signifies, recontextualization from political to media discourse is rarely easy nor clear, particularly when translation is concerned. As Fairclough (2006, p. 85) argues, the shape or that means of occasions narrated in information discourse “are remodeled consistent with the style conventions of stories narratives”. Fairclough (2003) develops the 4 ideas of recontextualization in discourse practices: Presence, Abstraction, Association and Additions (pp. 139–140). Presence signifies which parts of occasions are represented, provide/absent, outstanding/background. Abstraction suggests the stage of abstraction/generalization from concrete actual occasions. Additions refers to what’s inserted in representing specific occasions for rationalization/legitimation, similar to causes or functions and analysis. Association offers with how the supply fabrics or occasions are reorganized. Those discursive practices can also be similarly manifested in reworking quoted metaphors in media translation. As in Determine 4.1, the scoop discourse recontextualizes the metaphor sourced from political discourse by way of the Presence and Abstraction of the unique metaphors via translation and citation, and the Additions and Association of different intertextual or contextual parts in information protection.

On the identical time, a citation of metaphor is most often blended with “a impartial reporting with an analysis” (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010, p. 5). The AT advanced through Martin and White (2005) examines how language construes analysis in discourse via exploiting 3 techniques of linguistic sources: angle, engagement and commencement, so that you can place the discourse manufacturers interactively with their potential target audience. The engagement gadget in AT translates “the communicative preparations during which the journalistic creator engages dialogistically with the range of voices and viewpoints” (White, 2012, p. 58). When the scoop newshounds place the political metaphors attributed to the political leaders, the authorial angle in opposition to the quotes can also be activated by way of the engagement sources, i.e. the reporting verbs within the authorial voice, which sign a various stance or angle to the quoted supply (White, 2012) and would possibly additional direct public reviews.

Similtaneously, as an institutional follow, the worldwide information businesses most often give directions on devoted and correct translation of quotes in information reporting (Bielsa & Bassnett, 2009, pp. 71, 88). On the other hand, the image is also other and sophisticated in quoting political metaphors given their various that means potentials for opinions (Charteris-Black, 2011), which would possibly result in misrepresentation or mistranslation in information protection. In reporting the Chinese language president’s metaphors, recontextualization is considered necessary for translating and embedding them in English information, intertextually, interlingually and interculturally.

To probe the complexity of recontextualization, it will be important to research in what tactics and for what causes sure metaphor(s) are quoted in discourse practices. Drawing at the recontextualization ideas in CDA (Fairclough, 2003) and the engagement gadget in AT (Martin & White, 2005), an analytical type is proposed to inspect the recontextualization of political metaphor to media discourse, basically via translation and citation. Since political metaphors had been ceaselessly discovered within the type of direct quotations and reported speeches (Schäffner, 2008, 2012; Musolff, 2016) and somewhat regularly used within the information headlines (Charteris-Black, 2011), the type takes the textual context as its start line, specializing in the relocation of metaphor from political speech into each the headlines and quotations in information.

Particularly, in addressing the recontextualization of metaphor from a political speech to the headline, direct citation and reported speech in information reviews, the type can incorporate the textual research of Presence, Abstraction, Association and Addition of the linguistic options of metaphor and its surrounding texts in media discourse. The added worth or analysis during the scoop can also be tested with the toolkit of AT in relation to the evaluative meanings of the reporting verbs and different contextual cues in signalling purpose, positioning and stance. Determine 4.2 shows the procedures for analysing the recontextualization procedure.

Determine 4.2Analysing recontextualization of political metaphors in information discourse

Determine 4.2 illustrates the analytical framework for recontextualizing political metaphors in information discourse. It first seems to be at how the Chinese language political metaphor is represented and remodeled in English information discourse via translation and citation, i.e. the Presence and Abstraction of metaphorical pictures, which would possibly indicate differed attitudes. The research then explores the Addition of engagement parts to the quoted metaphors, i.e. the reporting verbs and their surrounding authorial feedback in media reviews. The research is in the end prolonged to the Association of different textual parts and reported occasions within the reviews which can be associated with the political metaphors and their unique context.



Recontextualizing the Chinese language president’s metaphor


To analyze how the Chinese language president’s metaphors are recontextualized within the English reviews through each the mainstream Chinese language media and Anglo-American media, we focal point on some of the metaphors utilized by President Xi in his talks with the Nepali High Minister Ok. P. Sharma Oli all over his first Nepali state seek advice from between 12 and 13 October 2019. The Chinese language metaphor comes from Xi’s commentary “任何人企图在中国任何地区搞分裂,结果只能是粉身碎骨” after Oli conveyed Nepal’s stance of supporting the one-China coverage and different core pursuits of China. It’s so a long way considered one of Xi’s maximum quoted metaphors within the English reporting of his addresses outdoor China, as present in our pilot research on media translations of Xi’s metaphors on home or global events.

The research centres at the English variations of “粉身碎骨”. The previous a part of the unique commentary, “任何人企图在中国任何地区搞分裂”, is without delay rendered as “someone that makes an attempt separatist actions in any area of China”. On the other hand, the latter phase “粉身碎骨”, describing the effects of the brokers or their separatist actions, is somewhat difficult and liable to manipulation or misrepresentation via translation, as a result of whether or not and to what extent the unique metaphorical pictures are reproduced in its English translations turns out somewhat volatile and contextually dependent. Thus, we desire to not give its translation and as an alternative to peer how it’s represented within the English reviews.

The knowledge is composed of 16 English information reviews together with 11 articles from 9 Anglo-American mainstream media, amounting to 7,731 phrases, and 5 articles from 3 Chinese language information media, totalling 1,749 phrases. The time vary for the gathered information is between 13 and 16 October 2019, the 4 days after Xi’s state seek advice from to Nepal. The headlines are typically considered “the store window show of newspaper” (White & Herrera, 2009, p. 136). The entire 16 headlines within the information are offered in Tables 4.1 and four.2, the place the English variations of “粉身碎骨” are marked in daring sort. The newsletter date of each and every article is proven following each and every headline within the Tables 4.1 and four.2.

Desk 4.1 Headlines and assets of the Anglo-American media reviews Newsletter




1. Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of “our bodies smashed” (14 October 2019)



2. China’s Xi warns makes an attempt to divide China will result in “shattered bones” (13 October 2019)

3. Tens of 1000’s of Hong Kong protesters plead for U.S. lend a hand (14 October 2019)


The Telegraph

4. China’s Xi warns efforts to divide China will finish with “beaten our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)


The Parent

5. Hong Kong protests are at “life-threatening degree”, say police (14 October 2019)

6. Hong Kong: Carrie Lam hints at additional measures to suppress protests (15 October 2019)



7. Xi vows makes an attempt to separate China will “result in beaten our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)


ABC Information

8. President Xi Jinping vows Chinese language separatists shall be “smashed to items” as US-themed protests start in Hong Kong (14 October 2019)


Industry Insider

9. Xi Jinping warns that makes an attempt to divide China will finish with “beaten our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)


Fox Information

10. China’s Xi Jinping warns makes an attempt to divide nation will result in “beaten our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)


The New York Occasions (NYT)

11. Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, will get jeered, tainting annual cope with (16 October 2019)


Desk 4.2 Headlines and assets of the Chinese language media reviews Newsletter




12. Xi says China in a position to advance pleasant cooperation with Nepal (13 October 2019)


China Day-to-day

13. Any try to break up China will result in useless: Xi (13 October 2019)

14. President salutes Nepal, warns separatists (14 October 2019)



15. President Xi Jinping says any makes an attempt to split China will fail (13 October 2019)

16. Xi Jinping says any try to break up China will result in useless (14 October 2019)




The research examines the citation of the metaphor in relation to the 4 methods of recontextualization, i.e. Presence, Abstraction, Association and Addition, and compares the relocation of the Chinese language metaphor within the headline, direct citation and reported speech within the English information reviews through Chinese language and Anglo-American media. Presence is detected in representing the metaphor and its pictures. Abstraction is helping to relocate the metaphor as quotations. Addition comprises placing the reporting verbs and surrounding phrases within the quotes. Association extends to the ordering of textual parts associated with the relocated metaphor and its unique context within the unfolding reviews.



Presence: transformation and illustration of metaphor

The illustration of a Chinese language political metaphor in English information discourse issues the transformation in the way in which of translation. It may well be argued that the English variations of President Xi’s metaphor in media discourse aren’t strictly translations. On the other hand, because the metaphor isn’t unique in English however Chinese language, the English variations are by some means translated from Chinese language into English and due to this fact just about the English translations of the Chinese language metaphor.

The entire English variations of the metaphor “粉身碎骨” extracted from the Anglo-American and the Chinese language media reviews are illustrated in Desk 4.3. The frequency of the English metaphors exceeds the collection of articles since some reviews additionally come with the metaphor within the headlines or incorporate it greater than as soon as in a textual content. Longer extracts of the metaphors in information are proven beneath.

Desk 4.3 English variations of the Chinese language metaphor quoted within the reviews Anglo-American media

(11 articles, 23 metaphors)

Chinese language media

(5 articles, 9 metaphors)


1. in beaten our bodies and shattered bones/result in shattered bones

(n=13) (Reuters, The Telegraph, The Parent, CNN, Industry Insider, Fox Information)

2. be beaten

(n=4) (Reuters, The Parent, CNN)

3. be smashed (in)to items

(n=3) (ABC Information)

4. perish, with their our bodies smashed and bones floor to powder/our bodies smashed

(n=2) (BBC)

5. be ruined

(n=1) (NYT)

1. be/result in useless

(n=3) (China Day-to-day, CGTN)

2. be beaten

(n=2) (Xinhua, CGTN)

3. be smashed into items

(n=2) (China Day-to-day)

4. fail

(n=2) (CGTN)


In information headlines, the English variations of the metaphor somewhat fluctuate within the Anglo-American and Chinese language media discourse. Six headlines through the Anglo-American media (see Desk 4.1) incorporate and make salient the metaphorical pictures “身” (our bodies) or “骨” (bones). 3 headlines of the Chinese language media reviews (see Desk 4.2) foreground its supposed meanings whilst concealing the pictures within the expressions like “result in useless” and “fail”.

Quotes within the Anglo-American media:

1.“Someone who makes an attempt to separate any area from China will perish, with their our bodies smashed and bones floor to powder”, Mr Xi mentioned, consistent with a overseas ministry observation issued on Sunday. (BBC, 14 October 2019)

2.“Someone making an attempt to separate China in any a part of the rustic will result in beaten our bodies and shattered bones”, he advised Nepal’s High Minister KP Sharma Oli in a gathering on Sunday, consistent with China’s state broadcaster CCTV. (Reuters, 13 October 2019)

3.Xi mentioned that “those that interact in separatist actions in any a part of China shall be smashed into items” all over a gathering with the Nepalese top minister Ok. P. Sharma, consistent with the state-owned newspaper China Day-to-day, […] (ABC Information, 14 October 2019)

4.Chinese language President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any try to divide China shall be beaten, […] (Reuters, 13 October 2019)

5.“Someone making an attempt to separate any a part of China will handiest be ruined”, Mr. Xi mentioned. (NYT, 16 October 2019)


The above 5 variations (in daring sort) are known from the 11 information reviews through the Anglo-American media since some seem in two or extra articles. All expressions lift the literal meanings to various extents. (1) and (2) are the one two word-for-word variations that explicate the pictures “our bodies” and “bones”. “Perish” and “floor to powder” in (1) appear to be an over-translation that deviates from the unique intents of metaphor use. Model (3) “smashed into items” typically conveys the pictures “our bodies” and “bones”, which might be got rid of in (4) and (5).

Quotes within the Chinese language media:

6.Those that interact in separatist actions in any a part of China shall be smashed into items, Xi mentioned, […] (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)

7.“Someone making an attempt separatist actions in any a part of China shall be beaten …”, mentioned the Chinese language president. (Xinhua, 13 October 2019)

8.Chinese language President Xi Jinping on Sunday stressed out that any try to break up China and the Chinese language folks in any area shall be beaten […] (CGTN, 14 October 2019)

9.Chinese language President Xi Jinping says any makes an attempt to separate China will fail. (CGTN, 13 October 2019)

10.He additionally mentioned that any strive through separatists to separate China shall be in useless. (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)


4 English variations are discovered within the Chinese language media reviews. They don’t seem to be as literal as the ones within the Anglo-American media reviews. No variations maintain the pictures “our bodies” and “bones” in a word-for-word manner. Whilst (6) depicts each the motion “smashed” and outcome “into items”, it replaces “身” and “骨” with the overall “items”. In contrast to (6), (7) and (8) handiest put across the motion via “be beaten”. “Fail” and “be in useless” in (9) and (10) totally exclude the metaphorical pictures whilst reproducing the supposed that means of metaphor use.



Abstraction: citation of metaphor

The presence of a Chinese language political metaphor can generate various quotations in English information on a scale of abstraction, manifested through how a lot of the metaphor is gifted within the quotations. Whether or not the unique metaphor is represented as an instantaneous citation or reported speech in information reviews is related to the stage of generality in relocating it in information discourse.

A right away citation of the metaphor attributed to Xi unearths its manner into 5 of the 10 variations proven within the remaining phase (e.g. (1) to (3), (5) and (7)), the place the quotes of metaphor are enclosed in citation marks. Amongst the ones direct quotes, “with their our bodies smashed and bones floor to powder” and “result in beaten our bodies and shattered bones” point out a decrease abstraction or upper concretization of the metaphorical pictures, whilst the opposite 3 variations like “beaten” and “smashed into items” point out the next stage of generality and in addition in finding some hint of the pictures.

Oblique quotes are utilized in the remainder 5 examples ((4), (6) and (8) to (10)), the place no citation marks are incorporated. Amongst them, “fail” and “be in useless” undergo no hint of the metaphorical pictures and manifest the easiest degree of vagueness while both “beaten” or “smashed into items” within the different 3 variations point out a decrease degree of abstraction.

It’s value noting that the entire word-for-word translations are offered as direct quotations while the without cost translations are represented as oblique quotes within the reviews. In relation to Abstraction, the metaphor represented within the lowest abstraction is susceptible towards an instantaneous citation whilst the model with the easiest abstraction has a tendency to be manifested in an oblique quote.



Addition: reporting verbs and authorial voices

Reporting verbs are added to the quotes of metaphor relocated from political speech to media reviews because the intertextual cues. The reporting verbs additionally point out the reporters’ analysis in opposition to and engagement with the quoted voice in information reporting (Martin & White, 2005; White, 2012). Desk 4.4 summarizes the reporting verbs added to the quotations of metaphor within the gathered reviews.

Desk 4.4 Reporting verbs for the English quotes of metaphors Anglo-American media (11 articles, 23 verbs)

Chinese language media (5 articles, 9 verbs)


1. warns/warned (n=9)

2. mentioned (n=9)

3. advised (n=3)

4. vows (n=2)

1. says/mentioned (n=7)

2. stressed out (n=1)

3. warns/warned (n=1)


As Desk 4.4 shows, 5 reporting verbs are added to the quoted metaphor: warns/warned, says/mentioned, advised, vows and stressed out. The Anglo-American media most commonly use “warns/warned” or “mentioned” whilst the Chinese language media desire “says/mentioned”. In keeping with the engagement gadget of AT, “warns/warned”, “vows” and “stressed out” point out an incisive stance in opposition to or alienation from the quotes, and “says/mentioned” and “advised” sign a impartial reporting. Whilst the unmarked verbs like “says/mentioned” venture the quotes “for the reader’s attention”, the habitual attitudinal “warns/warned” within the Anglo-American media reviews are prone to distance the writers from the quoted metaphors, thus attitudinally positioning the readers “to treat the proposition favorably” (White, 2012, pp. 62–64).

The quotations of metaphor would possibly incorporate “extra elaborate metacommentary” in the course of the newshounds’ “interpretive lens” to place the quoted speaker or speech in a definite gentle (Hodges, 2015, p. 51). Thus, the location of reporting verbs for quoting the metaphor can also be associated with the encircling authorial feedback, as underlined within the following examples.

11.Chinese language President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any try to divide China shall be beaten, as Beijing faces political demanding situations in months-long protests in Hong Kong and U.S. complaint over its remedy of Muslim minority teams. (Reuters, 13 October 2019)


In (11), “Beijing faces political demanding situations […]” following the quote seems to offer background knowledge within the reporter’s voice for figuring out “be beaten” and justify the lexical collection of “warned” as an alternative of a impartial verb. On the other hand, the addition to the quote is beside the point to the unique context of Xi’s metaphor use, after he advised the Nepali PM that China appreciates Nepal’s fortify of the one-China coverage.

Excluding the attitudinal reporting verbs, the reported speech framed through the impartial reporting verb may also be surrounded through the authorial analysis of the quote. As proven within the following extract, the direct citation with the unmarked “mentioned” is preceded through the authorial voice “delivered a harsh caution in opposition to”, which would possibly steer the translation of “be ruined” in step with the reporter’s analysis.

12.Mr. Xi delivered a harsh caution in opposition to separatism on Sunday, despite the fact that he didn’t in particular point out Hong Kong. “Someone making an attempt to separate any a part of China will handiest be ruined”, Mr. Xi mentioned. (NYT, 16 October 2019)



Association: series of stories occasions and allocation of the metaphor

The association of metaphor-related occasions and the allocation of the metaphor in information discourse collectively place the political metaphor in recontextualization. Two reviews respectively through China Day-to-day and NYT are decided on as samples to inspect the co-occurring cues instrumental in relocating the metaphor in information reviews. The China Day-to-day textual content is selected for its lexical possible choices of the metaphor (see (6)) that fluctuate from different Chinese language media reviews. The NYT article is chosen for the irrelevance of its headline to the unique context of metaphor use.



President salutes Nepal, warns separatists (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)

Within the headline of the China Day-to-day record, “salutes” and “warns” sign Xi’s opposing attitudes towards Nepal and separatists. The item began with introducing Xi’s seek advice from to Nepal, adopted through an oblique speech of Xi mentioning China’s appreciation of “Nepal’s stance of upholding the one-China coverage […]”. Then the 2 quotes of metaphor (e.g. (6) and (10)) display up. What follows is the Nepali PM Oli’s remarks of “his nation’s fortify of China in safeguarding its nationwide sovereignty and territorial integrity”. The remainder textual content centres at the talks between Xi and Oli, additionally the one quoted voices. General, the relation and cooperation between the 2 international locations are the primary subjects of the item, helping distinction and foreground the damaging angle in opposition to separatism carried through the reported metaphor.



Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, will get jeered, tainting annual cope with (NYT, 16 October 2019)

The NYT article reviews Carrie Lam’s annual coverage cope with on 16 October, which was once interrupted through some lawmakers. Her cope with is quoted as “any acts that … threaten the rustic’s sovereignty, safety and pastime … may not be tolerated”, sharing the stance taken in Xi’s metaphor within the research. On the other hand, this citation is inserted between the opposite six quotes that disagreed together with her speech. For example, a lawmaker is quoted “don’t depend on it” whilst an electrician is reported to treat the speech as “one thing shallow”. Till with regards to the top of the record, Xi’s metaphor is offered as “a harsh caution in opposition to separatism” (e.g. (12)). As Carrie Lam’s cope with is contested through the authorial and maximum attributed voices, the quote of Xi’s metaphor could also be suppressed within the record the place separatism is supported through extra co-occurring voices.

In abstract, the 4 methods of recontextualizing metaphor in information discourse collectively produce the media impact of positioning the quoted metaphor in a definite gentle and manipulating analysis in opposition to the unique speaker as quoted voice.



Dialogue: findings and implications


The research presentations that the media lodge to the entire 4 methods in recontextualizing the Chinese language president’s metaphor in English information reviews and divulges the interplay of the 4 methods in recontextualization.



Presence of metaphor with literal translation: distorting pictures

The Chinese language and Anglo-American media make salient distinct sides of the metaphor in English reviews. Whilst the Anglo-American media wish to make the metaphorical pictures “our bodies” and “bones” outstanding in headlines and frame texts, the Chinese language media take away them and spotlight their connotations. The Anglo-American media undertake a literal or word-for-word translation, “beaten our bodies and shattered bones” (e.g. (2)) as an example, while the Chinese language media desire a loose translation that foregrounds the results, “fail” (e.g. (9)) for instance. A loose translation turns out to decipher the unique intentions of metaphor use, whilst a literal translation would possibly have a deterrent impact on separatism however venture a brutal symbol onto the speaker.



Abstraction of metaphor in direct citation: misrepresenting intentions

The direct or oblique citation of political metaphor in reporting is known on a scale of abstraction. The direct quote of the actually translated metaphor unearths a low abstraction (e.g. (1) to (3)) whilst the reported speech of the connotations of metaphor displays the easiest generality (e.g. (9) and (10)). Additionally, an instantaneous citation of the metaphorical pictures would possibly misrepresent the needs of metaphor use in unique contexts, as they can provide the impact that the quote is strictly Xi’s unique speech even if the illustration of pictures is a long way from his actual intentions.



Addition of reporting verbs and authorial opinions: repositioning readers

The attitudinal reporting verb plus its authorial evaluative co-text can generate added values for positioning the quoted metaphor and its speaker in media discourse. Whilst the Chinese language media wish to embed the unmarked verbs like “say/mentioned”, the Anglo-American media most often insert the attitudinally marked verbs like “warns/warned”. Thus, the interpretation of quotes is already filtered in the course of the newshounds’ lens prior to coming into into the scoop contexts and directing reader’s reviews.



Association of stories occasions to border metaphor: establishing “realities”

The ordering of stories occasions and contextual cues could also be an issue of recontextualizing metaphor. The research of the NYT record presentations that the reporters “select up” the metaphor and put it into establishing the realities of different political problems beside the point to the unique context of Xi’s metaphor, which was once contested and suppressed through various voices in reporting. Against this, the China Day-to-day article recontextualizes the quoted metaphor with supportive cues signalled in each the authorial and exterior voices because the textual content focuses only at the unique context of metaphor use.



Conceivable components for the adaptation in recontextualization

The recontextualization of metaphor, as a part of discourse follow additional embedded in social follow, is in the long run anticipated to be learned through the social illustration of the “fact” portraited within the information reviews. This phase explores the linguistic, social-cultural and ideological variations within the rendering and recontextualization of the Chinese language chief’s metaphor in English reviews.



Linguistic distinction: connotation and pictures

The differing representations of the metaphor within the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media reviews mirror the various implications generated from the unique Chinese language metaphorical pictures. The complicated that means potentials of the unique metaphor give the scoop manufacturers extra lexical possible choices in representing the metaphor in English. The underlying meanings are thus topic to be renegotiated in recontextualization. Whether or not the pictures or connotations are explicated within the English reviews can impact the development or positioning of Xi’s symbol and his speech through the English and the Chinese language media. A literal translation of “粉身碎骨”, as an example “our bodies smashed and bones floor to powder”, through foregrounding its pictures in English reviews, would possibly assemble a ruthless symbol of the speaker in spite of the deterrent results on separatists. Against this, the connoted meanings conveyed within the Chines media record, for instance “be in useless”, would possibly steer clear of arousing the damaging reviews at the speaker. The volatile linguistic manifestations of the metaphor in English in reporting can characteristic to the added worth of metaphors in political verbal exchange the place the metaphorical meanings are “regularly contested and renegotiated” in interpretation (Musolff, 2016, p. 136).



Social variations

The metaphorical pictures can also be exploited in a different way in media discourse in keeping with social-cultural settings. Social ideals and culture-bounded pondering are inherent in maximum Chinese language metaphorical expressions. The purpose of Xi’s use of the metaphor in his remarks is to put across the uncompromising angle in opposition to separatism in China, which is stressed out in “will fail” and “be in useless” within the Chinese language media (e.g. (9), (10)). Despite the fact that it’s argued that the majority cultural-specific idioms or metaphors “can’t live to tell the tale literal translation” (Glucksberg & McGlone, 2001, p. 88), maximum Western media desire a literal translation with out conveying the results, in part as a result of they intend to stay intact the pictures that serve to build sure narratives with an eye-grabbing impact in media protection of their goal society. The method of lifting a metaphor out of its originated political context and placing it into the scoop context is “tied to a selected social follow or community of social practices” (Fairclough, 2003, p. 68).



Ideological variations

The interpretation of the metaphorical pictures or implications is in step with the ideological ideals and concerns respectively held through the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media, which lend a hand them in telling their very own “proper” information tales in recontextualizing the metaphor, as proven within the research of the 2 reviews through China Day-to-day and NYT. In contrast to China, which values “collectivism, team spirit and cooperation”, Western international locations impart values on “individuality and aggressiveness” (Pan, 2015, pp. 230–231). The ideological warfare may account for the competitive expressions in (1) and (2). Metaphor is the most important to the verbal exchange of ideology this is in keeping with the intentions which can be professed to be “proper” (Charteris-Black, 2011, p. 51), wherein the metaphor-related political problems are narrated or renegotiated within the media discourse. That is mirrored within the NYT record, the place the metaphor is recontextualized some of the voices that display disapproval of China’s stance at the Hong Kong unrest.




The media impact of recontextualizing the political metaphors effects from (1) the misconception as though the phrases had been within the speaker’s exact wording and (2) the overlook of the linguistic, social and ideological variations of the 2 language communities. It’s thus nearly illusive for the readers to take the quotations of a political metaphor from any other language in information protection as factual reporting of what the chief has mentioned. The dialogue presentations that neither literal nor loose translation is enough in conveying the speaker’s communicative intents. On the identical time, the citation and recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse can also be a good way of positioning the unique audio system, as an example both as being ruthlessly brutal in opposition to the separatists proven within the word-for-word translation “beaten our bodies and shattered bones”, or just being assured in discouraging the separatist actions, as within the loose translation “any strive through separatists to separate China shall be in useless”.

Even though some Anglo-American media selected to without delay quote the metaphors translated through the Chinese language media, the latter does now not appear to succeed in a consensus about how the unique metaphor must be represented in information protection, in all probability because of the timeliness in information reporting. It’s value noting that some reviews through the Chinese language media additionally manifest the literal and surficial symbol in a quite normal manner, as an example, “be smashed into items” and “be beaten”. Such expressions may well be borrowed or considered doable applicants for recontextualizing Xi’s metaphor within the Anglo-American media protection, as an example, instance (3) the usage of an instantaneous citation of “smashed into items” through China Day-to-day. It is recommended that the interpretation of political metaphors must be as it should be mentioned and agreed some of the English media of China prior to spreading across the world and being referred to through the overseas media.

The warfare between the outside pictures and the implicit messages of the Chinese language metaphor “粉身碎骨” bureaucracy a translation drawback in media protection. The overlook of the implied meanings and the salience of the metaphorical pictures in information discourse would possibly solid the chief as a merciless dictator and extra isolate China in global relationships given the present global political local weather. This may occasionally counteract China’s pursuit of cooperation and team spirit and the spreading of its voice to the sector via media protection.




On this bankruptcy, we have now borrowed the recontextualization ideas and appraisal gadget to expand a type for analyzing other layers of recontextualizing a Chinese language political metaphor in English information discourse. Particularly, the 4 methods are known in each the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media reviews that relocate a metaphor utilized by the Chinese language president in his 2019 Nepal seek advice from. It’s discovered that alternative ways of translating and quoting the metaphor solid the unique speaker in sure symbol contingent at the built narratives in reporting. Specifically efficient is an instantaneous citation of the actually translated metaphor plus further reporting verbs and authorial analysis, which collectively make stronger the media impact of positioning the metaphor and its speaker. Such an impact is reinforced through arranging information occasions for allocating the quoted metaphors. On this manner, each the translations and quotations of a overseas political metaphor would possibly give a contribution to another conceptualization of the political fact built for the objective information readers.

It’s concluded that neither literal translation nor direct citation of a metaphor from a political speech can put across the purpose of the speaker or give him an even presence in a information discourse throughout languages and cultures. Such follow is intertextual in nature and comes to the processes of transformations in moving the political discourse into the scoop discourse. For the reason that collection of Anglo-American media and Chinese language media is unequal, the comparative research would possibly appear now not simple sufficient. On the other hand, it’s nonetheless indicative in their other tendency in representing and recontextualizing the metaphor. It’s onerous to decide whether or not the English variations through the Anglo-American media and the Chinese language media are the result of planned recontextualization methods or unconscious possible choices, however their variations within the intentionality of positioning the speaker are obvious and of educational pastime in addition to value of stories practitioners’ consideration. Given the dimensions of knowledge and our focal point on just one metaphor, the sort of outcome would need to be showed in analysis in keeping with a bigger corpus. Moreover, the correct interpretation of the chosen metaphor and its media impact additionally relies on the reception of the objective readers. It is going with out pronouncing that wisdom of the media’s tips and insurance policies can be of significant lend a hand in figuring out the institutional views in such variations. Sadly, such knowledge to this point stays undisclosed.

Even so, our case learn about supplies a type for illustrating how the citation and translation of metaphors in political contexts function an impressive tool for establishing realities within the fingers of stories media. Whilst the effectiveness of metaphor as a persuasive instrument comes from its talent to make stronger “standard modes of idea” and attraction to “the already-known as a method of creating sense of complicated fact” (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980, p. 157), such effectiveness may stop as a metaphor transferred from one discourse/context into any other, and even around the linguistic, cultural and ideological limitations in recontextualization. As printed within the case research, the political metaphor that has gone through transformations in recontextualization isn’t in a position to such reinforcement within the goal language and now not interesting to the objective readers as it’s supposed or anticipated within the supply language. It means that with the alternate of contexts, the interpretation of metaphor recontextualized into the objective textual content must now not be anticipated to accomplish the similar functions because it does within the unique and would possibly even herald sudden misinterpretation from the objective readers.

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