A multi-level view of metaphor and some of its advantages
This chapter focuses on the way in which we think
about our conceptual system and puts forward a number of questions
related to its essential structures in terms of their schematicity.
It is proposed that image schemas, domains, frames and mental spaces
are interconnected in metaphorical conceptualization. A detailed
analysis of the source domain of building is carried out in
order to pin down the kind of distinctions that we may postulate
regarding its operation with a view to depicting the functioning of
the system. The multi-layered view of metaphor is advanced, which
can accommodate many aspects of metaphor and account for a number of
metaphor-related phenomena in a unified manner.
- 2.What are the appropriate conceptual structures in CMT?: Image schemas, domains, frames, or mental spaces?
- 3.Should conceptual metaphors be formulated at a schematic or
- 4.Which source domain items are mapped onto the target?
- 5.Do the mappings always go from source to target?
- 6.Are there any “isolated” metaphors?
- 7.Summary and discussion