Metaphor in culture : universality and variation

Zoltán Kövecses

To what extent and in what ways is metaphorical thought relevant to an understanding of culture and society? More specifically: can the cognitive linguistic view of metaphor simultaneously explain both universality and diversity in metaphorical thought? Cognitive linguists have done important work on universal aspects of metaphor, but they have paid much less attention to why metaphors vary both interculturally and intraculturally as extensively as they do. In this book, Zoltan Kovecses proposes a new theory of metaphor variation. First, he identifies the major dimension of metaphor variation, that is, those social and cultural boundaries that signal discontinuities in human experience. Second, he describes which components, or aspects of conceptual metaphor are involved in metaphor variation, and how they are involved. Third, he isolates the main causes of metaphor variation. Fourth Professor Kovecses addresses the issue to the degree of cultural coherence in the interplay among conceptual metaphors, embodiment, and causes of metaphor variation.

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  • 1. Introduction: metaphor and the issue of universality
  • Part I. Universal Metaphors: 2. Metaphor: from language to body and back
  • 3. Universality in metaphorical conceptualization
  • Part II. Dimensions of Metaphor Variation: 4. Cross-cultural variation
  • 5. Within-culture variation in metaphor
  • Part III. Aspects of Metaphor Involved in Variation: 6. How components of conceptual metaphor are involved in variation
  • 7. Conceptual metaphors and their linguistic expression in different languages
  • 8. Metaphor in social-physical reality
  • 9. Metaphors and cultural models
  • Part IV. Causes of Metaphor Variation: 10. Causes of variation in metaphor
  • 11. Creativity: metaphor and blending
  • 12. Culture, coherence, conflict
  • References
  • Index.

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書名 Metaphor in culture : universality and variation
著作者等 Kövecses, Zoltán
Kovecses Zoltan
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2005
ページ数 xv, 314 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521844479
NCID BA7161579X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス