Vietnamese Rice Expressions: A Socio-cultural Analysis

Nguyen Ngoc Binh


People can hear the word 'rice' every day, everywhere in the world. A study on rice expressions affirms its importance in daily life and/or in history, and by human consideration or belief, especially in the Southeast Asian area. This article researches the socio-cultural perspectives in Vietnamese rice expressions by analyzing a total of 776 Vietnamese rice expressions. This article argued that the concept of rice, a culture-bound symbol embedded in Vietnamese people life, expressed many facets of life, including society, economy, politics and Vietnamese identity.

Received 3rd April 2018; Revised 26th April 2018; Accepted 30th April 2018


Rice expressions; Cognitive Linguistics; Semantics; Socio-cultural perspectives.

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