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

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Ideas and research from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology and literary theory establish important links between the poetic structure of thought and everyday language usage in this attempt to overturn the traditional view that poetic language requires unique linguistic skills.
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"...accessible to the uninitiated reader and still maintains the highest scholarly standards...Anyone who is interested in the relationship between language and thought should read this book, and they will not be disappointed." Boaz Keysar, Contemporary Psychology

"...remarkable both for its comprehensive treatment of its subject and for the way it puts poetics, that is, figurative thought (the variety of tropes), at the very heart of mental operations and social interactions....strongly recommended." James W. Fernandez, American Anthropologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521429924
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction and Overview 1
Ch. 2 Thinking and Speaking Literally 24
Ch. 3 Figurative Language Understanding: A Special Process? 80
Ch. 4 Metaphor in Language and Thought 120
Ch. 5 Understanding Metaphorical Expressions 208
Ch. 6 Idiomaticity 265
Ch. 7 Metonymy 319
Ch. 8 Irony 359
Ch. 9 The Poetic Minds of Children 399
Ch. 10 Implications and Future Directions 434
References 455
Name Index 499
Subject Index 509
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