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Books: Cognitive Science/Semantics: Rakova

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  1. f.kennedy, Extent of the Literal: Rakova

Message 1: Extent of the Literal: Rakova

Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 16:03:29 +0000
From: f.kennedy <>
Subject: Extent of the Literal: Rakova

Title: Extent of the Literal
Subtitle: Metaphor, Polysemy and Theories of Concepts
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Availability: Available
Author: Marina Rakova				

Hardback: ISBN: 140390233X, Pages: 248, Price: GBP45.00 $68.00
The Extent of the Literal develops a strikingly new approach to
metaphor and polysemy in their relation to the conceptual
structure. In a straightforward narrative style, the author argues for
a reconsideration of standard assumptions concerning the notion of
literal meaning and its relation to conceptual structure. She draws on
neurophysiological and psychological experimental data in support of a
view in which polysemy belongs to the level of words but not to the
level of concepts, and thus challenges some seminal work on metaphor
and polysemy within cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics and
analytical philosophy.


1 Presents a totally original theory of metaphor and polysemy in their
relation to the conceptual structure
2 Challenges head on dominant theories on metaphor and language
3 Innovatively cites evidence from neurological and psychological
4 Genuinely important and productive area of linguistic research,
central to our understanding of language and mind


Introduction: On the Nature of the Literal-Metaphorical Distinction
Metaphor in Cognitive Linguistics
The 'Hot' Polysemy
Across Sensory Modalities
Double-Function Terms
Double-Function Terms Again
Words and Concepts
Back to Cognitive Semantics
Polysemy in Lexical Semantics
The No-Polysemy View: What it is and What it is not
A Very Short Conclusion


MARINA RAKOVA is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Instituto de
Investigaciones Filos´┐Żficas, UNAM, Mexico
Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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