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Parallels and differences in the treatment of metaphor in relevance theory and cognitive linguistics
Parallels and differences in the treatment of metaphor in relevance theory and cognitive linguistics

Author(s): Deirdre Wilson
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: metaphor; lexical pragmatics; communication; inference

Summary/Abstract: Both cognitive linguists and relevance theorists are developing original approaches to metaphor. Both shed new light on old debates and suggest fruitful directions for research. Although there has so far been little interaction between the two approaches, Raymond Gibbs and Markus Tendahl (2006, 2008) have recently begun to compare them and consider how they might be combined. This paper is intended as a contribution to that debate. After outlining some parallels and differences between the two approaches, I will discuss how they might fit together to give a fuller picture of the role of metaphor in language and thought.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 128
  • Page Range: 195-213
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English