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Metaphors in the Mind
Sources of Variation in Embodied Metaphor

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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108403986

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  • Abstract concepts are often embodied through metaphor. For example, we talk about moving through time in metaphorical terms, as if we were moving through space, allowing us to 'look back' on past events. Much of the work on embodied metaphor to date has assumed a single set of universal, shared bodily experiences that motivate our understanding of abstract concepts. This book explores sources of variation in people's experiences of embodied metaphor, including, for example, the shape and size of one's body, one's age, gender, state of mind, physical or linguistic impairments, personality, ideology, political stance, religious beliefs, and linguistic background. It focuses on the ways in which people's experiences of metaphor fluctuate over time within a single communicative event or across a lifetime. Combining theoretical argument with findings from new studies, Littlemore analyses sources of variation in embodied metaphor and provides a deeper understanding of the nature of embodied metaphor itself.

    • Uses authentic 'real-world' examples that provide a well-rounded perspective on the issues discussed
    • Identifies possible reasons why humans misunderstand each other
    • Broadens the research by suggesting a wide range of ways in which people's experiences of embodied metaphor vary according to the context and the individual
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108403986
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'I am trying to climb Everest in flip-flops.' What is embodied metaphor and where does it come from?
    2. 'Would you prefer a pencil or an antiseptic wipe?' What evidence is there for embodied metaphor and why is it important to consider this variation?
    3. 'I'm running on this soapy conveyor belt with people throwing wet sponges at me.' Which metaphors are embodied and when? Variation according to type, function and context
    4. 'This one sounds like a bell and this one sounds like when you're dead.' Age, and the developmental nature of embodied metaphor
    5. 'I did not know where I started and where I ended.' Different bodies: different minds? How handedness, body shape and gender affect the way we experience the world through metaphor
    6. 'Those cookies tasted of regret and rotting flesh.' Sensory metaphor and associated impairments and conditions
    7. 'Things come out of my mouth that shouldn't be there.' 'Altered minds': the impact of depression and psychological disorders on the way people experience the world through metaphor
    8. 'This is my body which will be given up for you.' Individual differences in personality, thinking style, political stance and religious beliefs
    9. 'Malodorous blacksmiths and lazy livers.' Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural variation in embodied metaphor
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jeannette Littlemore, University of Birmingham
    Jeannette Littlemore is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. She is author of multiple books including Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication (Cambridge, 2015) and Figurative Language, Genre and Register (with Alice Deignan and Elena Semino, Cambridge, 2013).

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