Metaphor, similarity and semantics fields

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A variant of the compatrison theory of metaphor is put forward. The main points are (a) a theory of metaphor belongs to semantics, not pragmatics, (b) a metaphorical statement is a similarity statement, usually comparing descriptions of objects, (c) a metaphor is a constellation of words connected by a certain kind of relation - the metaphorical link, (d) metaphors are not necessarily asymmetric, (e) what expressions copunt as metaphors in a certain language has to do with the semantic fields of the language in question.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding the Arts
EditorsJeanette Emt, Göran Hermerén
PublisherLund University Press
ISBN (Print)0-86238-2904, 91-7966-157-2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy


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