Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Substance Metaphor

Definition: 

A substance metaphor is an ontological metaphor in which an abstraction, such as an event, activity, emotion, or idea, is represented as material.

Examples: 

(English)

  • Here are some examples of the activity-as-substance metaphor:
    • There was a lot of good sprinting in the race.
    • I couldn’t do much sprinting until the end.