Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure

Paperback | September 1, 1993

byEva Feder Kittay

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This book provides a comprehensive philosophical theory explicating the cognitive contribution of metaphor. Metaphor effects a transference of meaning, not between two terms, but between two structured domains of content, or 'semantic fields'. Semantic fields, construed as necessary to atheory of word-meaning, provide the contrastive and affinitive relations that govern a term's literal use. In a metaphoric use, these relations are projected into a second domain which is thereby reordered with significant cognitive effects. The book is a detailed revision and refinement of 'the semantic theory of metaphor'. Taking into account pragmatic considerations and recent linguistic and psychological studies, the author forges a new understanding of the relation between metaphoric and literal meaning. She amply illustratesher thesis with sensitive and systematic analyses of metaphors found in literature, philosophy, science, and everyday language.

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This book provides a comprehensive philosophical theory explicating the cognitive contribution of metaphor. Metaphor effects a transference of meaning, not between two terms, but between two structured domains of content, or 'semantic fields'. Semantic fields, construed as necessary to atheory of word-meaning, provide the contrastive ...

Eva Feder Kittay is at State University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'Kittay's book is scholarly and enlightening.'Times Literary Supplement