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The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea Vol.32 No.1 pp.75-105

Song Hyunju*, Kim Yeni**, Hong Miju***
* First Author: Hyunju Song, Professor, Teachers College, Kyungpook National University; 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, South Korea; Email:
** Co-Author: Yeni Kim, Lecturer, Office Of International Affairs, Kyungpook National University; 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, South Korea; Email:
*** Corresponding Author: Miju Hong, Lecturing Visiting Professor, Office of Education Innovation Policy, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, South Korea; Email:


Song, Hyunju, Kim, Yeni & Hong, Miju. (2024). “Study on Public Perception on the Use of Metaphors in Medical Discourse”. The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea, 31(2), 75-105. This study aims to examine the public's perception of the appropriateness of metaphorical expressions used by medical professionals in medical discourse. A sample of 142 individuals were asked to evaluate the appropriateness of ten metaphorical expressions used by health-care experts. Additionally, questions were posed about the effects of using metaphors. The ten items showed variability in the degree of appropriateness, with metaphors being considered more appropriate when the target was familiar and the similarity between the source and target domains was high. Positive aspects of metaphor use by medical professionals included aiding in understanding, with respondents perceiving such professionals as kind, considerate of patients, and trustworthy. Negative aspects included difficulties in understanding when the similarity between the metaphorical targets was low, requiring lengthy and complex thought processes, and potential misunderstandings of scientific facts. Approximately 15% of respondents reported their own experiences with metaphorical expressions in medical discourse, noting that these metaphors helped them understand the illness and treatment, and induced positive behavioral changes.

의료 담화에서 비유 사용에 대한 일반인 인식 연구

송현주*, 김예니**, 홍미주***





  1. Journal Abbreviation : j. Korea Saf. Manag. Sci.
    Frequency : Published three times annually in April, August and December, including an international issue
    Doi Prefix : 10.14353/sjk.
    Year of Launching : 2013
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