Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | University of California, Santa Cruz
Mixing metaphors in speech, writing, and even gesture, is traditionally viewed as a sign of inconsistency in thought and language. Despite the prominence of mixed metaphors, there have been surprisingly few attempts to comprehensively explain why people mix their metaphors so frequently and in the particular ways they do. This volume brings together a distinguished group of linguists, psychologists and computer scientists, who tackle the issue of how and why mixed metaphors arise and what communicative purposes they may serve. These scholars, almost unanimously, argue that mixing metaphors is a natural consequence of common metaphorical thought processes, highlighting important complexities of the metaphorical mind. Mixing Metaphor, for the first time, offers new, critical empirical and theoretical insights on a topic that has long been ignored within interdisciplinary metaphor studies.
[Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication, 6] 2016. xiv, 269 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
IntroductionRaymond W. Gibbs | pp. vii–xiv
Part I. Is Mixed Metaphor a Problem?
Chapter 1. A view of “mixed metaphor” within a conceptual metaphor theory frameworkZoltán Kövecses | pp. 1–16
Chapter 2. Mixed metaphors from a discourse dynamics perspective: A non-issue?Lynne Cameron | pp. 17–30
Chapter 3. Why mixed metaphors make senseCornelia Müller | pp. 31–56
Chapter 4. Tackling mixed metaphors in discourse: New corpus and psychological evidenceJulia E. Lonergan and Raymond W. Gibbs | pp. 57–72
Part II. Reasons for Mixing Metaphor
Chapter 5. Mixed metaphor: Its depth, its breadth, and a pretence-based approachJohn Barnden | pp. 73–112
Chapter 6. Mixed metaphor is a question of deliberatenessGerard J. Steen | pp. 113–132
Chapter 7. When languages and cultures meet: Mixed metaphors in the discourse of Spanish speakers of EnglishFiona MacArthur | pp. 133–154
Chapter 8. The ‘dull roar’ and the ‘burning barbed wire pantyhose’: Complex metaphor in accounts of chronic painJonathan Charteris-Black | pp. 155–176
Part III. Effects of Mixing Metaphor
Chapter 9. We drink with our eyes first: The web of sensory perceptions, aesthetic experiences and mixed imagery in wine reviewsCarita Paradis and Charlotte Hommerberg | pp. 177–202
Chapter 10. A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic commentElena Semino | pp. 203–222
Chapter 11. Mixing in pictorial and multimodal metaphors?Charles Forceville | pp. 223–240
Chapter 12. Extended metaphor in the web of discourseAnita Naciscione | pp. 241–266
Index | pp. 267–270
“Mixing Metaphor is a compilation of 12 chapters by prominent researchers, introduced by Raymond Gibbs, one of the main actors in the field of metaphor studies. It is a highly timely contribution that fills a gap between the pre-theoretical notion of ‘mixed metaphors’, largely known to the (English-speaking) public as something to be avoided as it reflects poor style or even sloppy thinking, and scholarly research on metaphor, where the topic has received little attention.”
Jordan Zlatev and Georgios Stampoulidis, Lund University, in Metaphor and the Social World Vol. 8:2 (2018)
“Overall, we found the engaging and thought-provoking book has provided a plethora of fertile starting points for future research in this emergent interdisciplinary area of metaphor studies. It has remarkably input food for thought to prompt and facilitate new tasks and discussions on mixed metaphors that otherwise would have remained blurred and indistinct and opened an inviting and intriguing pathway for dominant but often bombarded CMT as an outlet.”
Yi Sun and Yang Bai, Xi’an International Studies University, in Review of Cognitive Linguistics 16:1 (2018)
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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