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This clear and lucid primer fills an important need by providing a comprehensive account of the many new developments in the study of metaphor over the last twenty years and their impact on our understanding of language, culture, and the mind. Beginning with Lakoff and Johnson's seminal work in Metaphors We Live By, Kövecses outlines the development of "the cognitive linguistic theory of metaphor" by explaining key ideas on metaphor. He also explores primary metaphor, metaphor systems, the "invariance principle," mental-imagery experiments, the many-space blending theory, and the role of image schemas in metaphorical thought. He examines the applicability of these ideas to numerous related fields.
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"A firmly cognitive-linguistic introduction that presents all of the important findings of this approach to a student audience. It is the first book of its kind, and in giving a practical turn to the exposition, it has filled an obvious gap in the market."--Language and Literature

"Metaphor scholars and students have for years suffered from the lack of a comprehensive introduction to the topic of metaphor in language, thought, and culture. Fortunately, Zoltan Kovecses has written a wonderful book that provides a clear, systematic discussion of metaphor. His book is interesting to read, has many vivid examples, and outlines the major theoretical approach to metaphor in contemporary metaphor studies. I will use this book in many of the courses I teach and will refer to it frequently in pursuing my own research on metaphor."--Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145113
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoltan Kövecses is Professor of Linguistics, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

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Table of Contents

1 What Is Metaphor? 3
2 Common Source and Target Domains 15
3 Kinds of Metaphor 29
4 Metaphor in Literature 43
5 Nonlinguistic Realizations of Conceptual Metaphors 57
6 The Basis of Metaphor 67
7 The Partial Nature of Metaphorical Mappings 79
8 Metaphorical Entailments 93
9 The Scope of Metaphor 107
10 Metaphor Systems 121
11 Another Figure: Metonymy 143
12 The Universality of Conceptual Metaphors 163
13 Cultural Variation in Metaphor and Metonymy 183
14 Metaphor, Metonymy, and Idioms 199
15 Metaphor and Metonymy in the Study of Language 213
16 Metaphors and Blends 227
17 How Does All This Hang Together? 239
Glossary 247
Solutions to Exercises 255
References 267
General Index 277
Metaphor and Metonymy Index 281
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