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Understanding Figurative Language

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This book examines how people understand utterances that are intended figuratively. Traditionally, figurative language such as metaphors and idioms has been considered derivative from more complex than ostensibly straightforward literal language. Glucksberg argues that figurative language involves the same kinds of linguistic and pragmatic operations that are used for ordinary, literal language.

Glucksberg's research in this book is concerned with ordinary language: expressions that are used in daily life, including conversations about everyday matters, newspaper and magazine articles, and the media. Metaphor is the major focus of the book. Idioms, however, are also treated comprehensively, as is the theory of conceptual metaphor in the context of how people understand both conventional and novel figurative expressions. A new theory of metaphor comprehension is put forward, and evaluated with respect to competing theories in linguistics and in psychology. 

A date is written in ink on front endpaper, but the book is otherwise as new.

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Author(s):
GLUCKSBURG, Sam
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
243x163x15
EAN-13:
9780195111095
Edition:
First / first (2001)
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780195111095
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
192
Publisher:
OUP USA

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This book examines how people understand utterances that are intended figuratively. Traditionally, figurative language such as metaphors and idioms has been considered derivative from more complex than ostensibly straightforward literal language. Glucksberg argues that figurative language involves the same kinds of linguistic and pragmatic operations that are used for ordinary, literal language.

Glucksberg's research in this book is concerned with ordinary language: expressions that are used in daily life, including conversations about everyday matters, newspaper and magazine articles, and the media. Metaphor is the major focus of the book. Idioms, however, are also treated comprehensively, as is the theory of conceptual metaphor in the context of how people understand both conventional and novel figurative expressions. A new theory of metaphor comprehension is put forward, and evaluated with respect to competing theories in linguistics and in psychology. 

A date is written in ink on front endpaper, but the book is otherwise as new.

Author(s):
GLUCKSBURG, Sam
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
243x163x15
EAN-13:
9780195111095
Edition:
First / first (2001)
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780195111095
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
192
Publisher:
OUP USA

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