Other Developments in Metaphor Theory

James W. Underhill

in Creating Worldviews

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643158
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651566 | DOI:
Other Developments in Metaphor Theory

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It would be a mistake to assume that cognitive linguists uncovered the secret power of the metaphor. At least two reasons contradict such an idea: firstly, there has always been a great deal of work on metaphor; and, secondly, the concept of metaphor has itself been expanded in cognitive research to encompass questions and fields of study which up until recently had been investigated by scholars who did not consider metaphor to be their principle focus of interest. Indeed, a wide variety of disciplines from grammar to comparative linguistics have now entered into the metaphor debate. In contrast to this loose or all-embracing definition of metaphor adopted in cognitive linguistics, much of the research into metaphor that has been done throughout history, and which has continued to develop parallel to cognitive research, has proceeded by maintaining a restrained definition; for many approaches, metaphor remains a rhetorical trope. Four main approaches can be discerned among the diverse theories which attempt to account for metaphor as a trope: philosophical investigations; linguistic approaches; the poetic tradition; and the rhetorical tradition.

Keywords: cognitive linguists; metaphor; philosophical investigations; linguistic approaches; poetic tradition; rhetorical tradition

Chapter.  4966 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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