Semantic Fields and the Structure of Metaphor


in Metaphor

Published in print January 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242468
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680472 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Semantic Fields and the Structure of Metaphor

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This chapter examines three poems and one prose piece to show that the transference of meaning, which Aristotle took to be the critical feature of metaphor, can be seen as a process in which the structure of one semantic field induces a structure on another content domain. This effort is encouraged and initiated by the claim that the conceptual interest of metaphor is to be found in such reordering. Such analysis is facilitated by looking into extended metaphors as the more extended the discourse is, the more evident are the semantic fields relevant to an understanding of the metaphor. In fact, the extended metaphors will supply most of the terms of the relevant fields.

Keywords: transference of meaning; metaphor; semantic fields; content; reordering; extended metaphors; structure; poems; prose

Chapter.  14440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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