Chapter

Figurative Language

Geoffrey J. Huck

in What Is Good Writing?

Published in print September 2015 | ISBN: 9780190212957
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190212971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212957.003.0008
Figurative Language

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Chapter 7 presents two theories of figurative language and argues in favor of Sperber and Wilson’s view that figurative language is no different from supposedly non-figurative language as far and the brain’s interpretive mechanisms are concerned. The chapter looks specifically at Wallace Stevens’s poem “The Emperor of Ice Cream” to demonstrate how even a master poet can get tangled up in his own metaphors.

Keywords: figurative language; metaphor; interpretive mechanisms

Chapter.  3468 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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