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Title: Proper Names and the Theory of Metaphor
Author: Lionel Wee
Institution: National University of Singapore
Linguistic Field: Semantics; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Metaphorical expressions involving proper names have been discussed only sporadically. This paper demonstrates that there are in fact interesting things to be said about such metaphors, and makes two key points, one general and one specific. The general point is that their behavior accords more with the class-inclusion model of metaphor than the correspondence model. Having established this, I make the more specific point that there are cultural dimensions to these metaphors that pose particular problems for the kind of correspondence model proposed by Lakoff and his associates.

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This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 42, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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