ERIC Number: EJ948165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Evaluating Conceptual Metaphor Theory
Gibbs, Raymond W., Jr.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v48 n8 p529-562 2011
A major revolution in the study of metaphor occurred 30 years ago with the introduction of "conceptual metaphor theory" (CMT). Unlike previous theories of metaphor and metaphorical meaning, CMT proposed that metaphor is not just an aspect of language, but a fundamental part of human thought. Indeed, most metaphorical language arises from preexisting patterns of metaphorical thought or conceptual metaphors. This article provides an evaluation of the linguistic and psychological evidence supporting CMT, and responds to some of the criticisms of CMT offered by scholars within cognitive science. Some new ways of thinking of conceptual metaphors from the perspective of embodied simulations and dynamical systems theory are also presented.
Descriptors: Language Research, Figurative Language, Linguistic Theory, Evidence, Systems Approach, Cognitive Psychology, Perspective Taking
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