Figurative Language and Thought [NOOK Book]

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Our understanding of the nature and processing of figurative language is central to several important issues in cognitive science, including the relationship of language and thought, how we process language, and how we comprehend abstract meaning. Over the past fifteen years, traditional approaches to these issues have been challenged by experimental psychologists, linguists, and other cognitive scientists interested in the structures of the mind and the processes that operate on them. In Figurative Language and ...

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Figurative Language and Thought

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Overview

Our understanding of the nature and processing of figurative language is central to several important issues in cognitive science, including the relationship of language and thought, how we process language, and how we comprehend abstract meaning. Over the past fifteen years, traditional approaches to these issues have been challenged by experimental psychologists, linguists, and other cognitive scientists interested in the structures of the mind and the processes that operate on them. In Figurative Language and Thought, internationally recognized experts in the field of figurative language, Albert Katz, Mark Turner, Raymond W. Gibbs Jr., and Cristina Cacciari, provide a coherent and focused debate on the subject. The book's authors discuss a variety of fundamental questions, including: What can figures of speech tell us about the structure of the conceptual system? If and how should we distinguish the literal from the nonliteral in our theories of language and thought? Are we primarily figurative thinkers and consequently figurative language users or the other way around? Why do we prefer to speak metaphorically in everyday conversation, when literal options may be available for use? Is metaphor the only vehicle through which we can understand abstract concepts? What role do cultural and social factors play in our comprehension of figurative language? These and related questions are raised and argued in an integrative look at the role of nonliteral language in cognition. This volume, a part of Counterpoints series, will be thought-provoking reading for a wide range of cognitive psychologists, linguists, and philosophers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195355147
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/1998
  • Series: Counterpoints Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author

University of Western Ontario

University of Bologna

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Maryland, College Park

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Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Figurative Language and Figurative Thought: A Review 3
2 Figure 44
3 The Fight Over Metaphor in Thought and Language 88
4 Why Do We Speak Metaphorically? Reflections on the Functions of Metaphor in Discourse and Reasoning 119
5 Counterpoint Commentary 158
Index 193
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