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Cienki, Alan. 2004. Review of 'Metaphor: A Practical Introduction'. Zoltán Kövecses, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, xi + 285 pages, $55.00 (hardcover), $19.95 (paper-back). Metaphor and Symbol 19 (1) : 77–82. 6 pp.
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Many developments have taken place within the cognitive linguistic approach to the study of metaphor since it was introduced with Lakoff and Johnson's (1980) work, 'Metaphors We Live By' (henceforth MWLB). Zoltán Kövecses' book 'Metaphor: A Practical Introduction' provides a much needed overview of the developments and application of this theory, now often called conceptual metaphor theory (henceforth CMT), during the last two decades. Although the volume limits itself to introducing one particular approach to the study of metaphor, it also brings together a huge amount of material on the topic from a variety of disciplines. The book consists of 17 chapters, each of which ends with a brief summary, a section with references to further readings, and a set of practical exercises, the answers for which are provided at the end of the book. In addition, there is a glossary of terminology used, as well as a helpful index of all the conceptual metaphors and metonymies discussed in the book. (Alan Cienki)