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Title: Creating Worldviews
Subtitle: Metaphor, Ideology and Language
Written By: James W. Underhill

Please Note: This is a new, paperback version of a previously announced book. "Underhill's book is simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a rich source of stimulating insights, advancing and giving emphasis to new perspectives in critical metaphor analysis." Professor Andrew Goatly, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Encouraging readers to reflect upon language and the role metaphor plays in patterning ideas and thought, this book first offers a critical introduction to metaphor theory as it has emerged over the past thirty years in the United States. James W. Underhill then widens the scope of metaphor theory by investigating not only the worldview our language offers us, but also the worldviews which we adapt in our own ideological and personal interpretations of the world. This book explores new avenues in metaphor theory in the work of contemporary French, German and Czech scholars. Detailed case studies marry metaphor theory with discourse analysis in order to investigate the ways the Czech language was reshaped by communist discourse, and the way fascism emerged in the German language. The third case study turns metaphor theory on its head: instead of looking for metaphors in language, it describes the way language systems (French & English) are understood in terms of metaphorically-framed concepts evolving over time. Including a multilingual glossary of key terms and concepts, this is an ideal volume for anyone new to the topic, as well as those already interested in metaphor theory and the analysis of worldviews.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Philosophy of Language
Subject Language(s): Czech
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780748679096
Pages: 312
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99