Lexical and grammatical dimensions of metaphor – a Cognitive Grammar perspective

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Metaphor – a popular issue in Cognitive Linguistics – is also a topic discussed within Cognitive Grammar (e.g. Langacker 2000, 2008). There, metaphor is viewed as a type of semantic extension that can be characterized at different levels of schematicity. This approach inevitably evokes the notion of meaning and, from the perspective of CG, meaning is not only the conceptual content but also the manner in which this content is construed. Adopting this type of analysis, we indicate the resultant interplay between lexical and grammatical dimensions in the account of metaphorical extensions. To achieve this aim, we analyze metaphorical extensions of French lexical items referring to light.


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