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This lively introduction to figurative language explains a broad range of concepts, including metaphor, metonymy, simile, and blending, and develops new tools for analyzing them. It coherently grounds the linguistic understanding of these concepts in basic cognitive mechanisms such as categorization, frames, mental spaces, and viewpoint; and it fits them into a consistent framework which is applied to cross-linguistic data and also to figurative structures in gesture and the visual arts. Comprehensive and practical, the book includes analyses of figurative uses of both word meanings and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This lively introduction to figurative language explains a broad range of concepts, including metaphor, metonymy, simile, and blending, and develops new tools for analyzing them. It coherently grounds the linguistic understanding of these concepts in basic cognitive mechanisms such as categorization, frames, mental spaces, and viewpoint; and it fits them into a consistent framework which is applied to cross-linguistic data and also to figurative structures in gesture and the visual arts. Comprehensive and practical, the book includes analyses of figurative uses of both word meanings and linguistic constructions. - Provides definitions of major concepts - Offers in-depth analyses of examples, exploring multiple levels of complexity - Surveys figurative structures in different discourse genres - Helps students to connect figurative usage with the conceptual underpinnings of language - Goes beyond English to explore cross-linguistic and cross-modal data
  • Produktdetails
  • Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 260
  • Erscheinungstermin: 6. März 2014
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 244mm x 170mm x 14mm
  • Gewicht: 484g
  • ISBN-13: 9780521184731
  • ISBN-10: 0521184738
  • Artikelnr.: 39633646
Autorenporträt
Dancygier, Barbara
Barbara Dancygier is Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.

Sweetser, Eve
Eve Sweetser is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Inhaltsangabe
1. Introduction; 2. The basics of metaphor; 3. Metaphoric structure: levels and relations; 4. Mental spaces and blending; 5. Metonymy; 6. Grammatical constructions and figurative meaning; 7. The cross-linguistic study of metaphor; 8. Figurative language in discourse; 9. Concluding remarks.
Rezensionen
'This book breaks new ground in the cognitive linguistic study of metaphor, simile and metonymy. A must read for anyone interested in figurative language, cognition and discourse.' Elena Semino, Lancaster University