Confronting Metaphor in Use

An applied linguistic approach

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  • Editors: Mara Sophia Zanotto1, Lynne Cameron2, and Marilda C. Cavalcanti3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027291424

It is timely for researchers to approach metaphor as social and situated, as a matter of language and discourse, and not just as a matter of thought. Over the last twenty five years, scholars have come to appreciate in depth the cognitive, motivated and embodied nature of metaphor, but have tended to background the linguistic form of metaphor and have largely ignored how this connects to its role in the discourses in which our lives are constructed and lived. This book brings language and social dimensions into the picture, offering snapshots of metaphor use in real language and in real lives across the very different cultures of Europe and Brazil and contributing to the theorizing of metaphor in discourse.

Subjects: Applied linguistics; Pragmatics; Cognition and language

  • Affiliations: 1: Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil; 2: The Open University, UK; 3: State University of Campinas, Brazil

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