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Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure

Eva Feder Kittay


This book provides a philosophical theory explicating the cognitive contribution of metaphor. Metaphor effects a transference of meaning, not between two terms, but between two structured domains of content, or ‘semantic fields’. Semantic fields, construed as necessary to a theory of word-meaning, provide the contrastive and affinitive relations that govern a term’s literal use. In a metaphoric use, these relations are projected into a second domain which is thereby reordered with significant cognitive effects. The book provides a revision and refinement of ‘the semantic theory of metaphor’. T ... More

Keywords: metaphor, semantic fields, word-meaning, cognitive effects, literal meaning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva Feder Kittay, author
State University of New York