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Title: The Conventionality of Figurative Language
Subtitle: A usage-based study
Written By: Sandra Handl
URL: http://www.narr-shop.de/index.php/the-conventionality-of-figurative-language.html
Series Title: Language in Performance, Band 46
Description:

The book is the first in-depth study that aims to identify the conceptual rules
and regularities underlying the (un)conventionality of figurative ways of speaking
and reasoning. Using a combination of corpus-linguistic and cognitive-linguistic
methods it investigates a large number of metonymies as well as metaphors,
focusing on the former, less studied phenomenon. It provides an overview of
their relative frequencies of occurrence in natural discourse and offers a
systematic account of why some figurative expressions and/or conceptual
mappings are preferred while others are less ‘successful’ in the speech
community and thus shape our language and thought to a lesser degree. Based
on a critical examination of existing theories and material from the British
National Corpus, the book points out similarities and differences between
metonymy and metaphor as well as between different types of the two
phenomena with regard to their conventionality and moreover demonstrates the
value of usage-based studies for the cognitive-linguistic enterprise.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783823366249
Pages: 371
Prices: Europe EURO 68