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The Language of Metaphors: An Introduction Paperback – 15 May 1997


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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (15 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415128773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415128773
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..."covers areas usually neglected by recent investigations of metaphor. Lexical, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, discourse and cognitive aspects are encompassed and literary and non-literary examples are drawn upon." -Vimala Herman, University of Nottingham

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This textbook explores the language of metaphor. Combining insights from relevance theory and functional linguistics, it provides a model for understanding how metaphors work in real communicative situations, how we use them to communicate meaning as well as how we process them. It also examines the distinction between literal and metaphorical language, surveys the means by which metaphors are realized in texts, locates the interpretation of metaphor in its social context, and contains tasks and suggestions for further work. The text is enlivened by real examples, taken from a wide variety of genres - conversation, popular science, advertising, news reports, novels and poetry. It should provide students of language, psychology and literature with a useful guide to understanding precisely how metaphors function.


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