The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language, and Understanding / Edition 1

The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language, and Understanding / Edition 1

by Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr Raymond W.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521429927

ISBN-13: 9780521429924

Pub. Date: 08/26/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The traditional view of the mind holds that poetic language is a special human ability requiring different cognitive and linguistic skills than employed in ordinary language. The author overturns the traditional perspective by showing how figurative aspects of language reveal the poetic structure of mind. Ideas and research from psychology, linguistics, philosophy,

Overview

The traditional view of the mind holds that poetic language is a special human ability requiring different cognitive and linguistic skills than employed in ordinary language. The author overturns the traditional perspective by showing how figurative aspects of language reveal the poetic structure of mind. Ideas and research from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and literary theory are used to establish important links between the poetic structure of thought and everyday use of language. The Poetics of Mind evaluates current philosophical, linguistic, and literary theories of figurative language and relates the empirical work on figurative language understanding to the broader issues concerning the nature of everyday thought and reasoning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521429924
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/26/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview; 2. Thinking and Speaking Literally; 3. Figurative Language Understanding: A Special Process?; 4. Metaphor in Language and Thought; 5. Understanding Metaphorical Expressions; 6. Idiomaticity; 7. Metonymy; 8. Irony; 9. The Poetic Minds of Children; 10. Implications and Future Directions.

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