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Metaphor in Relevance Theory and Cognitive Linguistics

Looking at parallels and differences in the treatment of metaphor in relevance
theory and cognitive linguistics

Both cognitive linguists and relevance theorists have developed
original accounts of metaphor. Both approaches shed new light on old
debates and suggest important directions for future research. So far,
however, there has been little attempt to explore the similarities and
differences between them. An obvious similarity is that both cognitive
linguists and relevance theorists see metaphorical utterances as
entirely natural and normal, and as arising spontaneously in everyday
language use. An obvious difference is that while cognitive linguists
see metaphor as originating primarily in thought, relevance theorists
see metaphor as originating primarily in linguistic communication. In
this paper, I will outline some of the similarities and differences
between the two approaches, and consider how they might fit together
to give a fuller picture of the role of metaphor in language and


Professor Deirdre Wilson | talks | www


Date and Time:

20 May 2009 at 2:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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