ERIC Number: EJ948166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Multiple Constraints in Theories of Metaphor
Gibbs, Raymond W., Jr.
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v48 n8 p575-584 2011
Critics of conceptual metaphor theory (CMT) argue that metaphors are produced and understood as novel meaning creations, and often note that other factors may account for some of the ways people use and understand metaphors apart from entrenched metaphorical concepts, or conceptual metaphors. This article situates CMT within the multidisciplinary study of discourse processes, noting the long tradition in psychology of exploring how people's background knowledge and experience constrain discourse understanding and how psychologists have long sought links between patterns of talk and schemas in mind. This work suggests that alternative proposals on why people speak metaphorically and behave as they do in psycholinguistic experiments are, perhaps, complementary to CMT, but do not replace the theory in any significant way. Multiple, interacting constraints shape people's ongoing metaphoric thought and language, with conceptual metaphors remaining a major force in any comprehensive theory of metaphor.
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Linguistic Theory, Psycholinguistics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cognitive Psychology
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