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Objects of Metaphor

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Objects of Metaphor puts forward a philosophical account of metaphor radically different from those currently on offer. Powerful and flexible enough to cope with the syntactic complexity typical of genuine metaphor, it offers novel conceptions of the relationship between simile and metaphor, the notion of dead metaphor, and the idea of metaphor as a robust theoretic kind. Without denying that metaphor can sometimes be merely ornamental, Guttenplan justifies the view of metaphor as fundamental to language and the study of language. His book will be of great interest not only to philosophers in this field, but also to those working across psychology and linguistics.

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Philosophers have written much, and often very well, about metaphor, says Guttenplan (philosophy, U. of London), but their myriad views do not show any sign of conjoining into anything that would resemble a single coherent picture. Rather than trying to fill in the intervening gaps between existing interpretations, he offers a philosophical account of metaphor that can highlight and absorb their best features. He discusses clearing a space, object and word, the semantic descent account, embellishment, and competitors. Distributed in the US by Oxford University Press.
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Philosophers have written much, and often very well, about metaphor, says Guttenplan (philosophy, U. of London), but their myriad views do not show any sign of conjoining into anything that would resemble a single coherent picture. Rather than trying to fill in the intervening gaps between existing interpretations, he offers a philosophical account of metaphor that can highlight and absorb their best features. He discusses clearing a space, object and word, the semantic descent account, embellishment, and competitors. Distributed in the US by Oxford University Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Clearing a Space

2. Object and Word

3. The Semantic Descent Account

4. Embellishment

5. Competitors

Epilogue: Language and Thought

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199280889
Author:
Guttenplan, Samuel
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Samuel
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Philosophy -- Language.
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Metaphor
Subject:
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 halftones
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.375 lb

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