Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure by Eva Feder KittayMetaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure by Eva Feder Kittay

Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure

byEva Feder Kittay

Paperback | September 1, 1993

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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.
Eva Feder Kittay is at State University of New York.
Title:Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic StructureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198242468

ISBN - 13:9780198242468

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