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Using Figurative Language presents results from a multidisciplinary decades-long study of figurative language that addresses the question, “Why don't people just say what they mean?” This research empirically investigates goals speakers or writers have when speaking (writing) figuratively, and concomitantly, meaning effects wrought by figurative language usage. These “pragmatic effects” arise from many kinds of figurative language including metaphors (e.g., “This computer is a dinosaur”), verbal irony (e.g., “Nice place you got here”), idioms (e.g., “Bite the bullet”), proverbs (e.g., “Don't put all your eggs in one basket”) and others. Reviewed studies explore mechanisms – linguistic, psychological social and others, underlying pragmatic effects, some traced to basic processes embedded in human sensory, perceptual, embodied, cognitive, social and schematic functioning. The book should interest readers, researchers and scholars in fields beyond psychology, linguistics and philosophy that share interests in figurative language – including language studies, communication, literary criticism, neuroscience, semiotics, rhetoric and anthropology.Read more
- Proposes a much more broad view of figurative language cognition that will appeal to and inspire multiple interdisciplinary constituencies that study figurative language
- Readers will be able to understand discussed phenomena through access to vivid examples culled from authentic language data and widely available cultural sources
- By demonstrating the deceptively complex interplay of mixed mechanisms in seemingly simple 'everyday' figurative utterances, the book will leave readers with an appreciation of the depth and complexity of figurative language
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'This book is a valuable contribution to figurative language research. It contributes insights in both theoretical and practical aspects of figurative language use and comprehension …' Linguist List (www.Linguistlist.org)
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- Date Published: November 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107105652
- length: 284 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.55kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: why don't people say what they mean?
2. What is a pragmatic effect?
3. What are the pragmatic effects?
4. How is figurative language used?
5. What is figurative language use?
6. Conclusion: meaning happens.
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