LINGUIST List 16.678

Tue Mar 08 2005

Books: Cog Sci/Phil of Lang/Psycholing/Semantics: Haser

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Metaphor, Metonymy, and Experientialist Philosophy: Haser

Message 1: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Experientialist Philosophy: Haser

Date: 08-Mar-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Experientialist Philosophy: Haser

Title: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Experientialist Philosophy
Subtitle: Challenging Cognitive Semantics
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics 49
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

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Author: Verena Haser, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
Hardback: ISBN: 3110182831 Pages: x, 286 Price: Europe EURO 88.00 Comment: Approx. US$ 114.00

This book provides a detailed criticism of experientialist semantics,
focusing both on philosophical issues connected with experientialism and on
cognitive approaches to metaphor and metonymy. Particular emphasis is
placed on the works of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, but other
cognitivists are also taken into consideration.

Verena Haser proposes a new approach to the distinction between metaphor
and metonymy, which contrasts with familiar cognitivist models, but also
builds on some insights gained in cognitivist research. She also offers an
account of metaphorical transfer which dispenses with the notion of
conceptual metaphors in the sense of Lakoff and Johnson. She argues that
conceptual metaphors are not a useful construct for explaining metaphorical
transfer, and that the clustering of metaphorical expressions is better
accounted for in terms of family resemblances between metaphorical
expressions. Another major goal of this work is a reassessment of the
relationship between experientialism and traditional Western philosophy
(often subsumed under the vague term "objectivism").

This book contrasts with most other critical approaches to experientialism
by providing close readings of key passages from the works of Lakoff and
Johnson, which enables the author to pinpoint theory-internal
inconsistencies and other shortcomings not noted in previous publications.

This book will be relevant to students and scholars interested in semantics
and cognitive linguistics, and also in psychology and philosophy of language.

Verena Haser is Assistant Professor at Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg,


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