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From ecological cognition to language: When and why do speakers use words metaphorically?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8787-4266
2018 (English)In: Metaphor and Symbol, ISSN 1092-6488, E-ISSN 1532-7868, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 61-84Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The idea that metaphorical meaning is guided by speakers’ experiences of the world is central to Conceptual Metaphor Theory. Yet little is known about the ways in which speakers’ understandings of objects in the world around them influence how they use words in metaphorical and nonmetaphorical ways. This article is a corpus linguistic analysis of the collocational patterns of metaphorical and non-metaphorical bridge instances from the Corpus of American English Corpus of Contemporary American English. The study shows that metaphorical and non-metaphorical uses of words are systematically linked to different types of real world experiences. It is argued that lexical metaphors are, in fact, lexico-encyclopedic conceptual metaphors (i.e., conceptual mappings that involve speakers’ understandings of specific target concepts by means of the specific source concepts that they refer to in metaphorical language), and that they are constrained by cognitive salience.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 33, no 2, p. 61-84
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collocations, metaphor theory, lexico-encyclopedic conceptual (LEC) metaphors, embodied experience, affordances, cognitive salience
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Linguistics; language studies; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147070DOI: 10.1080/10926488.2018.1434937ISI: 000430942400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85045959523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-147070DiVA, id: diva2:1201458
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-09-28Bibliographically approved

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