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Johnson, Michael G. and Tracy B. Henley. 1988. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something true. 'Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things' by George Lakoff. 1987. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 614 pages, $29.95; 'The Body in the Mind' by Mark Johnson. 1987. Chicago: University of Chi. Bakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso 3 (4) : 233–252.
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Following their successful collaboration in 'Metaphors We Live By' (Lakoff and Johnson, 1980), George Lakoff and Mark Johnson have separately authored two new books that extend and elaborate the ideas introduced in their earlier work. These are important books that deserve serious consideration by philosophers, psychologists, and linguists because the basic arguments that they express have consequences for all three disciplines. The two volumes share a common intellectual heritage, as well as several conceptual and terminological commonalities, and therefore it seems appropriate to include them both in one discussion. We begin by briefly reviewing their arguments and theoretical positions in the order in which the books appeared and then use the review as a vehicle for a critique and consideration of some of the ideas that they propose. (Michael Johnson and Tracy Henley)