Metaphors We Live by

Metaphors We Live by

Book - 1980
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"—metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.

In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.


Publisher: Univ. of Chicago, c1980 University of Chicago Press, 1980.
ISBN: 9780226468013
0226468011
Branch Call Number: 401LAK
Characteristics: xiii, 242 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Mark 1949-

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Sep 01, 2016

Very readable, but wordy— the first 70 pages or so are just defining the common use of a metaphor as a figure of speech.

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