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.


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  • Philosophy
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
Publication categoryResearch