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Message 1: Logic & Ling: The Logic of Metaphor by Eric Charles Steinhart

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 02:23:11 +0200 (METDST)
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Subject: Logic & Ling: The Logic of Metaphor by Eric Charles Steinhart

The Logic of Metaphor
Analogous Parts of Possible Words
by Eric Charles Steinhart
William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne, USA


The Logic of Metaphors uses techniques from possible worlds semantics
to provide formal truth-conditions for many grammatical classes of
metaphors. It gives logically precise and practically useful syntactic
and semantic rules for generating and interpreting metaphors. These
rules are implemented in a working computer program. The book treats
the lexicon as a conceptual network with semantics provided by an
intensional predicate calculus. It gives rules for finding analogies
in such networks. It shows how to analyse texts containing metaphors
both syntactically and semantically and how to use structural
similarities between parts of possible worlds to provide
truth-conditions for metaphors. Meanings for metaphors are linked to
the modal logics of identity and indiscernibility. The book shows how
to extend deductive and adductive inference systems so as to handle
metaphors and how to handle novel metaphorical word-senses.

Indispensable reading for philosophers, logicians, linguists and
computer scientists.


Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Language. 3. Conceptual Structures. 
4. Analogy. 5. Analogical Transference. 6. Metaphorical Communication. 
7. Analogy and Truth. 8. Metaphor and Inference. 
9. Lexical Meanings. 10. Conclusion. References. Index.

Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-7004-X, July 2001, 264 pp.
EUR 95.00 / USD 83.00 / GBP 58.00

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