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Title: Metaphor Networks
Written By: Richard Trim
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=277212
Description:

Where do our metaphors come from? Why do we say 'he has a new flame'? Why
does the colour green signify immaturity in English but strength in French?
Why can we say 'dry humour' today but not 'dry' (thin) arms as in the
Middle Ages? Metaphor Networks attempts to answer such questions by
exploring the evolution of figurative language. Richard Trim investigates
how metaphors are created today by being linked to similar concepts and how
they are associated to images in the past. The findings of this study
reveal that certain regular patterns emerge. With the aid of substantial
evidence from former and present-day European languages, the author
proposes a number of theories on metaphor evolution and thereby offers a
considerable contribution to historical linguistics.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230507514
ISBN-13: 9780230507517
Pages: 248
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00