The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Understanding Figurative Language: From Metaphors to Idioms
Oxford Psychology Series
This book examines how people understand utterances that are intended figuratively. Traditionally, figurative language such as metaphor and idiom has been considered derivative from more complex than straightforward literal language. Glucksberg argues that figurative language involves the same kinds of linguistic and pragmatic operations that are used for ordinary, literal language.