Mixing Metaphor

| University of California, Santa Cruz
ISBN 9789027202109 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027267504 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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.
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Table of Contents
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Part I. Is Mixed Metaphor a Problem?
Chapter 1. A view of “mixed metaphor” within a conceptual metaphor theory framework
Zoltán Kövecses
Chapter 2. Mixed metaphors from a discourse dynamics perspective: A non-issue?
Lynne Cameron
Chapter 3. Why mixed metaphors make sense
Cornelia Müller
Chapter 4. Tackling mixed metaphors in discourse: New corpus and psychological evidence
Julia E. Lonergan and Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Part II. Reasons for Mixing Metaphor
Chapter 5. Mixed metaphor: Its depth, its breadth, and a pretence-based approach
John Barnden
Chapter 6. Mixed metaphor is a question of deliberateness
Gerard J. Steen
Chapter 7. When languages and cultures meet: Mixed metaphors in the discourse of Spanish speakers of English
Fiona MacArthur
Chapter 8. The ‘dull roar’ and the ‘burning barbed wire pantyhose’: Complex metaphor in accounts of chronic pain
Jonathan Charteris-Black
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 reviews
Carita Paradis and Charlotte Hommerberg
Chapter 10. A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment
Elena Semino
Chapter 11. Mixing in pictorial and multimodal metaphors?
Charles Forceville
Chapter 12. Extended metaphor in the web of discourse
Anita Naciscione
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.”
“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.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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