Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphor to Idioms (Oxford Psychology Series)

Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphor to Idioms (Oxford Psychology Series)

Sam Glucksberg


This booklet examines how humans comprehend utterances which are meant figuratively. often, figurative language similar to metaphors and idioms has been thought of by-product from extra advanced than ostensibly trouble-free literal language. Glucksberg argues that figurative language includes an analogous varieties of linguistic and pragmatic operations which are used for usual, literal language. Glucksberg's examine during this ebook is anxious with traditional language: expressions which are utilized in everyday life, together with conversations approximately daily issues, newspaper and journal articles, and the media. Metaphor is the key concentration of the e-book. Idioms, notwithstanding, also are handled comprehensively, as is the speculation of conceptual metaphor within the context of ways humans comprehend either traditional and novel figurative expressions. a brand new idea of metaphor comprehension is recommend, and evaluated with admire to competing theories in linguistics and in psychology. The valuable guiding principle of the idea is that normal conversational metaphors are used to create new suggestions and different types. This technique is spontaneous and automated. Metaphor is precise basically within the feel that those different types get their names from the simplest examples of the issues they characterize, and that those different types get their names from the easiest examples of these different types. hence, the literal "shark" could be a metaphor for any vicious and predatory being, from unscrupulous salespeople to a murderous personality within the Threepenny Opera. as the comparable time period, e.g.,"shark," is used either for its literal referent and for the metaphorical type, as in "My attorney is a shark," we name it the dual-reference thought. the idea is then prolonged to 2 different domain names: idioms and conceptual metaphors. The publication provides the 1st finished account of ways humans use and comprehend metaphors in daily life.

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