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Gramatyka jako metafora w abstrakcyjnych domenach dyskursu
Grammar as metaphor in abstract discourse domains

Author(s): Andrzej Kominek
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.

Summary/Abstract: In the present paper, I distinguish after O. Jäkel five types of metaphorical transfer: 1) concrete - abstract, 2) abstract - abstract, 3) abstract - concrete, 4) abstract/concrete - concrete, and 5) concrete/ abstract - abstract. The focus is on the second kind, abstract - abstract. For illustration, I chose the abstract source domain of grammar. I present the functioning of this metaphor and introduce the target domain of ethics (morality) as the explanandum, together with other domains related to cognitive activity such as art, language, dance, emotions etc. An analysis of these metaphors reveals that the domain of grammar is simpler than other abstract domains, and a perfect ground to blend the cognitive and ornamental skills employed in various types of discourse.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 59-69
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish