Figurative Language and Thought

Paperback | April 29, 1999

byAlbert N. Katz, Cristina Cacciari, Raymond W. Gibbs

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Our understanding of the nature and processing of figurative language is central to several important issues in cognitive science, including the relationship of language and thought, how we process language, and how we comprehend abstract meaning. Over the past fifteen years, traditionalapproaches to these issues have been challenged by experimental psychologists, linguists, and other cognitive scientists interested in the structures of the mind and the processes that operate on them. In Figurative Language and Thought, internationally recognized experts in the field of figurativelanguage, Albert Katz, Mark Turner, Raymond W. Gibbs Jr., and Cristina Cacciari, provide a coherent and focused debate on the subject. The book's authors discuss a variety of fundamental questions, including: What can figures of speech tell us about the structure of the conceptual system? If and howshould we distinguish the literal from the nonliteral in our theories of language and thought? Are we primarily figurative thinkers and consequently figurative language users or the other way around? Why do we prefer to speak metaphorically in everyday conversation, when literal options may beavailable for use? Is metaphor the only vehicle through which we can understand abstract concepts? What role do cultural and social factors play in our comprehension of figurative language? These and related questions are raised and argued in an integrative look at the role of nonliteral languagein cognition. This volume, a part of Counterpoints series, will be thought-provoking reading for a wide range of cognitive psychologists, linguists, and philosophers.

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Our understanding of the nature and processing of figurative language is central to several important issues in cognitive science, including the relationship of language and thought, how we process language, and how we comprehend abstract meaning. Over the past fifteen years, traditionalapproaches to these issues have been challenged b...

Albert Katz is at University of Western Ontario.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:April 29, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195109635

ISBN - 13:9780195109634

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Table of Contents

1. Albert N. Katz: Figurative Language and Figurative Thought: A Review2. Mark Turner: Figure3. Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.: The Fight Over Metaphor in Thought and Language4. Cristina Cacciari: Why Do We Speak Metaphorically? Reflections on the Functions of Metaphor in Discourse and Reasoning5. Albert N. Katz, Mark Turner, Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., and Cristina Cacciari: Counterpoint CommentaryIndex