Nine issues in metaphor theory and analysis

Hanks, P. (2010) Nine issues in metaphor theory and analysis. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 15 (1). pp. 133-150. ISSN 1384-6655 Available from:

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Starting as a review article discussing an important book on Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics, this article goes on to explore the distinctions between a) literal meaning and metaphor; b) conceptual metaphor and linguistic metaphor; c) creativity and convention in linguistic behaviour. It is now widely recognized that metaphor is a fundamental component of meaning in language, not a matter of mere decoration. The article suggests a new approach to the typology of metaphor, with an emphasis on semantic resonance. It argues that metaphors are generally a linguistic or cultural gestalt, rather than an experiential gestalt (as proposed by Lakoff and Johnson, 1980). It emphasizes the importance of statistical significance as a tool for recognizing relevant collocations (“frequency alone is not enough”) and discusses available statistical tools for this purpose.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:metaphor theory, metaphor analysis
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:13008
Deposited By: A. Lawson
Deposited On:01 Oct 2010 07:46
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 22:01

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