Metaphors We Live By Paperback – Apr 15 2003
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In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.
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The authors are careful to point out that the use of metaphors does, possess a notion of entailment, and that metaphorical entailments are able to characterize a coherent system of metaphorical concepts. Thus this system is not loose and unstructured, but rather similar in fact to the many systems of logic that one finds in computer science and in research in artificial intelligence. However, being able to view one aspect of a concept in terms of another will mask other aspects of this concept, and the authors give several interesting examples of this.Read more ›
The point of "conceptual metaphor" is that unstated [implicit] basic, fundamental, or large-scale metaphors (such as 'argument is war') *make it possible* for us to describe argument in terms of armed conflict.
They then show that most of our speech (and therefore thought) is metaphorical, giving many examples of conceptual metaphors and how they show up, or are realize"d" (my term) in actual speech.
This book has set the tone for the discussion of metaphor since its publication, and continues to be cited widely in the literature of metaphor. It is therefore vital for any discussion of the modern view(s) of metaphor, and most highly recommended for anyone interested in communication, language, the mind, and, of course, metaphor.
On the other hand, I have found George Lakoff & Mark Turner's work (_More than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Literary Metaphor; ISBN 0226468127) even more helpful, since they discuss how metaphors show up in, and what they mean, in literature, beginning with an extensive (56pp) discussion of literary metaphors for death (and time). This is a scintillating & stimulating book, that, IMHO, will capture the imagination of most readers of literature far more effectively than _Metaphors We Live By_.
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Work essential to understand how metaphors shape the way we think.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Among the books about language, thought and mind, I have recently read, this is surely one of the best. Read morePublished on March 11 2011 by SEOUROCK
This book will change the way you look at language. Often, when we think we are being literal and direct, we are using metaphors. And we don't even know it. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Tech Geek
What can I say as a person getting a biology degree that is interested in how the mind works? Language has been an interest of mine ever since I took a Metaphysics class last your... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002
If we talk about relationships we might say: "She was in the driver's seat" but we "reached a fork in the road" and now we're "on the rocks" and we may "go our separate ways. Read morePublished on April 16 2002
If we talk about relationships we might say: "She was in the driver's seat" but we "reached a fork in the road" and now we're "on the rocks" and we may "go our separate ways. Read morePublished on April 16 2002 by Charles Gillingham
As a writer with a strong interest in how language shapes our view of the world, I found this book exciting and stimulating. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by P. Lozar
I think this book is for all of us who are not linguists or writers !! It is so important to realize how much our thoughts are shaped by prejudiced ways of framing our concepts. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002
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