Perception Metaphors

Laura J. Speed, Carolyn O'Meara, Lila San Roque, and Asifa Majid

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Metaphor allows us to think and talk about one thing in terms of another, ratcheting up our cognitive and expressive capacity. It gives us concrete terms for abstract phenomena, for example, ideas become things we can grasp or let go of. Perceptual experience--characterised as physical and relatively concrete--should be an ideal source domain in metaphor, and a less likely target. But is this the case across diverse languages? And are some sensory modalities perhaps more concrete than others? This volume presents critical new data on perception metaphors from over 40 languages, including many which are under-studied. Aside from the wealth of data from diverse languages--modern and historical; spoken and signed--a variety of methods (e.g., natural language corpora, experimental) and theoretical approaches are brought together. This collection highlights how perception metaphor can offer both a bedrock of common experience and a source of continuing innovation in human communication.

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pp Intro-Intro; 1 page
pp vii-viii; 2 pages
pp 373-383; 11 pages






Book Details

Title
Perception Metaphors
Series
Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research Ser.
Volume
19
Editors
Laura J. Speed,
Carolyn O'Meara,
Lila San Roque,
and Asifa Majid
Publisher
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Print Pub Date
2019-02-21
Ebook Pub Date
N/A
Language
English
Print ISBN
9789027202000
eBook ISBN
9789027263049
Pages
392
LC Subject Headings
LC Call Number
Dewey Decimal Number
BISAC Subject Headings
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
Document Type
book