Metaphor The Central Trope

Sam Glucksberg

in Understanding Figurative Language

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195111095
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872107 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 Metaphor The Central Trope

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This chapter treats metaphor as a form of linguistic expression rather than as a form of conceptual representation. Metaphor as a form of substitution is critically analyzed and found wanting. Three other traditionally held assumptions are also critically examined: (1) literal meaning is basic and has unconditional priority; (2) figurative meaning is derivative from the literal; (3) metaphor understanding is more complex that literal understanding. These three assumptions are rejected on the basis of pragmatics as well as on theoretical and empirical considerations.

Keywords: literal; conceptual representation; derivative; linguistic expression; substitution; pragmatics

Chapter.  6545 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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