conceptual metaphors; corpus linguistics; borrowings; Internet forums; the language of computer users
Linguistica Silesiana, Vol. 39 (2018), s. 249-266
The aim of the paper is to explore metaphorical expressions used in informal Polish in
the area of computers and the Internet. The study is based on a corpus, compiled and
analyzed by the present author; the corpus consists of short informal texts (entries)
taken from Polish Internet message boards devoted to computers and the Internet.
Altogether, the corpus comprises around 1,500,000 words. The metaphors found in
the corpus will be discussed within the cognitive framework. Special attention will be
devoted to one of the most frequent conceptual metaphors found in the corpus, namely
COMPUTERS ARE HUMANS, or, to be more precise, BADLY WORKING COMPUTER IS A SICK
PERSON. Some place will also be devoted to the infl uence of English on metaphorical
expressions (in the domain of computers and the Internet) in Polish.