Perception Metaphors

| University of York and Radboud University
| National Autonomous University of Mexico and Radboud University
| Radboud University
| University of York and Radboud University
ISBN 9789027202000 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027263049 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Metaphor allows us to think and talk about one thing in terms of another, ratcheting up our cognitive and expressive capacity. It gives us concrete terms for abstract phenomena, for example, ideas become things we can grasp or let go of. Perceptual experience—characterised as physical and relatively concrete—should be an ideal source domain in metaphor, and a less likely target. But is this the case across diverse languages? And are some sensory modalities perhaps more concrete than others? This volume presents critical new data on perception metaphors from over 40 languages, including many which are under-studied. Aside from the wealth of data from diverse languages—modern and historical; spoken and signed—a variety of methods (e.g., natural language corpora, experimental) and theoretical approaches are brought together. This collection highlights how perception metaphor can offer both a bedrock of common experience and a source of continuing innovation in human communication.
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Table of Contents
Asifa Majid
Chapter 1. Perception metaphors: A view from diversity
Carolyn O'Meara, Laura J. Speed, Lila San Roque and Asifa Majid
Chapter 2. Words of sense
Constance Classen
Chapter 3. Perception metaphors in cognitive linguistics: Scope, motivation, and lexicalisation
Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano
Chapter 4. Perception metaphor in English: A bird’s-eye view
Wendy Anderson
Chapter 5. Metaphors and perception in the lexicon: A diachronic perspective
Francesca Strik Lievers and Irene De Felice
Chapter 6. Synaesthetic metaphors are neither synaesthetic nor metaphorical
Bodo Winter
Chapter 7. Sensory experiences, meaning and metaphor: The case of wine
Rosario Caballero
Chapter 8. Taste metaphors in Hieroglyphic Egyptian
Elisabeth Steinbach-Eicke
Chapter 9. Why do we understand music as moving? The metaphorical basis of musical motion revisited
Nina Julich-Warpakowksi
Chapter 10. Approaching perceptual qualities: The case of heavy
Daria Ryzhova, Ekaterina Rakhilina and Liliya Kholkina
Chapter 11. Grounding mental metaphors in touch: A corpus-based study of English and Polish
Marcin Trojszczak
Chapter 12. Polysemy of the Estonian perception verb nägema ‘to see’
Mariann Proos
Chapter 13. Evidential vindication in next turn: Using the retrospective “see?” in conversation
Kobin H. Kendrick
Chapter 14. Sensory perception metaphors in sign languages
Ulrike Zeshan and Nick Palfreyman
Chapter 15. Metaphors of perception in Japanese Sign Language
Yufuko Takashima
Chapter 16. Perception and metaphor: The case of smell
Zoltán Kövecses
Chapter 17. Perception verbs in context: Perspectives from Kaluli (Bosavi) child-caregiver interaction
Lila San Roque and Bambi B. Schieffelin
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“For too long, cognitivist (cognitive science) studies has lorded it over sensory studies. This book has the potential to reverse that trend thanks to its close attention to the sensuous.”
“[...] Perception Metaphors is a timely publication. It deals with something that interests many linguists right now. If you are not yet familiar with this topic, this edited volume is a good place to start.”
“To conclude, the volume Perception Metaphor provides a great resource for scholars interested in understanding what are the hot topics, the open questions, and the challenges involved in the blooming research field of perception metaphor.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN016000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018045420 | Marc record