By Word of Mouth

Metaphor, metonymy and linguistic action in a cognitive perspective

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This volume contains seven synchronic and diachronic empirical investigations into the expression and conceptualization of linguistic action in English, focusing on figurative extensions. The following issues are explored: <br /> • Source domains, and their relation to the complexities of linguistic action as a target domain. <br />• The role of axiological parameter, the experiential grounding of metaphors expressing value judgements and the part played by image-schemata, how value judgements come about and their socio-cultural embedding. <br />• The graded character of metaphoricity and its correlation with degrees of recoverability/salience.<br />• The interaction of metonymy and metaphor, e.g. the question what factors motivate the conventionalization of metonymies, which includes the perspective that conventionalized metaphors frequently have a metonymic origin.<br />• The role of image-schemata in the organization and development of a lexical subfield, which raises new questions on the nature of metaphor, the identification of source and target domains and the Invariance Hypothesis.<br /><br />

Subjects: Cognition and language; Pragmatics

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