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Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphor to Idioms
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 ordi ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Glucksberg argues for what is called the "property attribution model" of metaphorical comprehension, which holds that metaphors are essentially akin to statements like "Trieste is no Vienna", where "Vienna" is not the name of a city, but stands for some exemplary category that characterizes Vienna (in this case, something like being a cosmopolitan city). This contrasts with the traditional picture (advocated by Grice and Searle, for example), that comprehending a metaphor involves first grasping ...more