Figurative Language

Author:   Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) ,  Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781107005952


Pages:   260
Publication Date:   06 March 2014
Format:   Hardback
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This lively introduction to figurative language explains a broad range of concepts, including metaphor, metonymy, simile, and blending, and develops new tools for analyzing them. It coherently grounds the linguistic understanding of these concepts in basic cognitive mechanisms such as categorization, frames, mental spaces, and viewpoint; and it fits them into a consistent framework which is applied to cross-linguistic data and also to figurative structures in gesture and the visual arts. Comprehensive and practical, the book includes analyses of figurative uses of both word meanings and linguistic constructions. * Provides definitions of major concepts * Offers in-depth analyses of examples, exploring multiple levels of complexity * Surveys figurative structures in different discourse genres * Helps students to connect figurative usage with the conceptual underpinnings of language * Goes beyond English to explore cross-linguistic and cross-modal data

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Author:   Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) ,  Eve Sweetser (University of California, Berkeley)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 25.40cm
Weight:   0.620kg
ISBN:  

9781107005952


ISBN 10:   1107005957
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   06 March 2014
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Advance praise: 'This book breaks new ground in the cognitive linguistic study of metaphor, simile and metonymy. A must read for anyone interested in figurative language, cognition and discourse.' Elena Semino, Lancaster University Advance praise: 'Figurative Language is a marvelous book that will serve as both a very readable textbook for students and a source of research ideas for even expert figurative language scholars. The presentation of the complex cognitive linguistic literature on this topic is complete, well-organized, and illustrated with wonderful examples from literature, politics, science and religious discourse. I was most impressed by the way Dancygier and Sweetser blend together the diverse aspects of figuration into a more general framework that reveals deeper insights into the relations between language, thought, and culture.' Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr, University of California, Santa Cruz


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Barbara Dancygier is Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Eve Sweetser is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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