The Extent of the Literal: Metaphor, Polysemy and the Theories of Concepts

Palgrave Macmillan (2003)
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The Extent of the Literal develops a strikingly new approach to metaphor and polysemy in their relation to the conceptual structure. In a straightforward narrative style, the author argues for a reconsideration of standard assumptions concerning the notion of literal meaning and its relation to conceptual structure. She draws on neurophysiological and psychological experimental data in support of a view in which polysemy belongs to the level of words but not to the level of concepts, and thus challenges some seminal work on metaphor and polysemy within cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics and analytical philosophy.
Keywords Semantics  Polysemy  Metaphor  Psycholinguistics  Cognitive grammar  Concepts
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Call number P325.5.P65.R35 2003
ISBN(s) 140390233X
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