LINGUIST List 29.4741

Fri Nov 30 2018

Books: Mixed Metaphors: Sullivan

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 10-Oct-2018
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: Mixed Metaphors: Sullivan
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Title: Mixed Metaphors
Subtitle: Their Use and Abuse
Published: 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Karen Sullivan
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350066052 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 21.58 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350066069 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 21.58 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350066045 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781350066038 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 19.99

Critics shudder at mixed metaphors like 'that wet blanket is a loose cannon', but admire 'Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player', and all the metaphors packed into Macbeth's 'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow' speech. How is it that metaphors are sometimes mixed so badly and other times put together so well?

In "Mixed Metaphors: Their Use and Abuse", Karen Sullivan employs findings from linguistics and cognitive science to explore how metaphors are combined and why they sometimes mix. Once we understand the ways that metaphoric ideas are put together, we can appreciate why metaphor combinations have such a wide range of effects.

"Mixed Metaphors: Their Use and Abuse" includes analyses of over a hundred metaphors from politicians, sportspeople, writers and other public figures, and identifies the characteristics that make these metaphors annoying, amusing or astounding.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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