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LINGUIST List 16.2095

Wed Jul 06 2005

Books: Semantics/Ling Theories: Dobrovol'skij & Piirainen

Editor for this issue: Tetyana Sydorenko <tanyalinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Sarah Oates, Figurative Language: Dobrovol'skij & Piirainen

Message 1: Figurative Language: Dobrovol'skij & Piirainen
Date: 01-Jul-2005
From: Sarah Oates <S.Oateselsevier.com>
Subject: Figurative Language: Dobrovol'skij & Piirainen

Title: Figurative Language
Subtitle: Cross-cultural and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface
Published: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.

Book URL: http://books.elsevier.com/elsevier/?isbn=0080438709

Author: Dmitrij Dobrovol'skij, Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University, Russia
Author: Elisabeth Piirainen, Munster, Germany
Hardback: ISBN: 0080438709 Pages: 419 Price: U.S. $ 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 0080438709 Pages: 419 Price: Europe EURO 91.95
Hardback: ISBN: 0080438709 Pages: 419 Price: U.K. £ 62.99

The aim of this study is to discover basic principles underlying linguistic
figurativeness and to develop a theory that is capable of capturing
conventional figurative language (referred to as CFLT, i.e. Conventional
Figurative Language Theory). The rich empirical data analysed for this
publication include, among other things, idioms, proverbs, lexicalised
metaphors, and figurative compounds, drawn from ten standard languages with
widely different genetic relationships and/or cultural backgrounds
(English, German, Dutch, Swedish, French, Russian, Lithuanian, Greek,
Finnish, Japanese) and one Low German dialect.
The main topic of this work is the relationship between the figurative
meaning of a lexical unit and the mental images that form its conceptual
basis. Using a cognitive approach, the study deals with the central
question of what types of knowledge are involved in creating motivating
links between these two conceptual levels of figurative units. Of all the
possible types of knowledge relevant to conventional figurative language,
so-called "cultural knowledge" can be shown to be crucial. As a
consequence, CFLT has to include elements of cultural semiotics and other
culture-related disciplines.

General Issues
Conventional Figurative Language and Phraseology
On the Cross-Linguistic Equivalence of Idioms
Motivation of Conventional Figurative Units
"False Friends" and Paronyms
The Cognitive Theory of the Metaphor
Idioms of Fear: A Cognitive Approach
Cognitive Modelling of Figurative Semantics
Specific Frames: The Concept House in Language and Culture
Culture and Figurative Language
Cultural Symbolism in Figurative Language
Numeral Words and Number Symbols in Culture and Language: Case Studies
Animal Metaphors and Animal Symbols: Case Studies

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Dutch (DUT)
                            English (ENG)
                            Finnish (FIN)
                            French (FRN)
                            German, Standard (GER)
                            Greek (GRK)
                            Japanese (JPN)
                            Lithuanian (LIT)
                            Russian (RUS)
                            Swedish (SWD)

Written In: English (ENG )

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International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/
Kingston Press Ltd http://www.kingstonpress.com/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
St. Jerome Publishing Ltd. http://www.stjerome.co.uk
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