Metaphor: A Practical Introduction by Zoltán Kövecses

By Zoltán Kövecses

This transparent and lucid primer fills a major desire through offering a finished account of the numerous new advancements within the examine of metaphor over the past 20 years and their influence on our figuring out of language, tradition, and the brain. starting with Lakoff and Johnson's seminal paintings in Metaphors we are living by way of, Kövecses outlines the improvement of "the cognitive linguistic concept of metaphor" by means of explaining key rules on metaphor. He additionally explores fundamental metaphor, metaphor platforms, the "invariance principle," mental-imagery experiments, the many-space mixing concept, and the function of picture schemas in metaphorical notion. He examines the applicability of those rules to varied comparable fields.

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Turner (1987) analyzes the system of kinship in English as a source domain in works of literature. Metaphor lists and dictionaries: Master Metaphor List Cobuild Metaphor Dictionary The Phrase Finder Dictionary of Everyday English Metaphors Metaphors Dictionary Roget’s Thesaurus COMMON SOURCE AND TARGET DOMAINS EXERCISES 1. Below you can read parts of a magazine article from Time, June 10, 1996. What are the source and target domains of the italicized metaphorical expressions in the following passage?

While we commonly talk about the illness of society, the machinery of political decision-making, and the heat of COMMON SOURCE AND TARGET DOMAINS 25 passion, we do not or much less commonly talk about the society of illness, the political decision-making of machinery, or the passion of heat. In some cases, however, the source and target can be reversed. ” However, when source and target domains of conceptual metaphors are reversed, there typically occur certain stylistic shifts in the value of the linguistic metaphors.

I can only survey here the most common target domains and their most important sources. 1. Emotion The domain of emotion is a par excellence target domain. Emotion concepts such as anger, fear, love, happiness, sadness, shame, pride, and so on are primarily understood by means of conceptual metaphors. The source domains of emotion concepts typically involve forces. Thus, we have examples like She was deeply moved. He was bursting with joy. He unleashed his anger. 2. Desire As regards metaphorical conceptualization, desire is similar to emotion.

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