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Where Metaphors Come From: Reconsidering Context in Metaphor

Zoltán Kövecses


This book argues that what is known as “conceptual metaphor theory” has stood the test of time. At the same time, it also suggests that the view of metaphorical grounding as proposed in the book augments and refines conceptual metaphor theory according to which conceptual metaphors are based on our bodily experience. Although this is certainly true in many cases of metaphor, the role of the body in metaphor creation can and should be reinterpreted, and, consequently, the body can be seen as just one of the several contexts from which metaphors can emerge (including the situational, discourse, ... More

Keywords: bodily context, conceptual-cognitive context, conceptual metaphor, context, contextual factors, discourse context, embodiment in metaphor, metaphorical grounding, situational context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190224868
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190224868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoltán Kövecses, author
Evtvvs Lorand University, Budapest