Joanna Gavins

in Text World Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622993
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671540 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the conceptualisation of a particular linguistic and cognitive phenomenon: metaphor. It begins with a summary of some of the most recent theories of metaphor to emerge from cognitive linguistics, alongside some typical single-sentence examples of how metaphor is processed in the mind. However, Text World Theory's encompassing and discourse-focused approach means that the extension of metaphor through longer texts, and sometimes throughout entire discourses, is of greater interest to text-world theorists. Poetry provides some obvious and useful examples on which to base an initial discussion of metaphor, though both literary and non-literary texts are analysed here. The chapter also includes an exploration of metaphorical constructions in non-literary discourse, and a range of examples of the same sort of lonely-hearts advertisements with which this book opened is examined.

Keywords: metaphor; cognitive linguistics; Text World Theory; discourse; poetry; non-literary discourse; lonely-hearts advertisements

Chapter.  8525 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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