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Title: Figurative Language
Subtitle: Cross-cultural and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
Written By: Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij
Elisabeth Piirainen
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface

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.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0080438709
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 419
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