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Metaphor and convention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2007 (English)In: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN 0936-5907, Vol. 18, no 1, 47-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that lexical metaphors should be seen as graded: they differ in their conventionalized ability to activate concepts from the source domain. Such differences in metaphorical strength are analyzed, along with other (graded) dimensions of conventionality. Co-occurrence patterns for conventionalized metaphors from the WEIGHT domain in Swedish are investigated in some detail, making use of extensive corpus data. The results indicate large differences in metaphorical strength. This provides implications for the relation between conceptual and lexical levels of metaphor, which are found to be more dialectic than usually assumed, especially within Conceptual Metaphor Theory.

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2007. Vol. 18, no 1, 47-89 p.
Keyword [en]
lexical metaphor; conceptual metaphor; conventionality; lexical semantics; corpus linguistics; collocation; metaphorical strength
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17569DOI: doi:10.1515/COG.2007.003ISI: 000248890100003OAI: diva2:184090
Available from: 2007-10-17 Created: 2007-10-17 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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