Edited by Annalisa Baicchi
[Figurative Thought and Language 9] 2020
► pp. 91–106
Intensification via figurative language
Figurative language, generally speaking, involves intended meaning; it is employed in order to communicate something beyond the very meaning of the elements of a construction. This is largely accomplished by the incongruence of domains, scripts, frames or entities that participate in the conceptualization and the expression of figuration. Irony, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or metonymy are witnessed to come to the surface, depending on the degree of incongruity between sources and targets. Each figurative process highlights different degrees of intensification. Intensification seems also to be due not only to the type of figure but to two additional parameters as well: the evocation of more than one figure and the special constructional patterns of the usage involved.
- 2.Interaction between figures in a construction
- 4.Conceptual incongruity and intensification
- 5.Concluding remarks