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Mapping the Origins of Figurative Language in Comparative Literature

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"Using evidence from internationally known and appreciated poets and writers, Richard Trim offers a novel and powerful account of how figurative language, especially metaphor, emerges in literary texts. The 6-step process he outlines is the most complete investigation to date of the issue of why and how authors use particular metaphors in their works".

Professor Zoltán Kövecses, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

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This book investigates the origins of figurative language in literary discourse within a cognitive framework. It represents an interface between linguistics and literature and develops a 6-tier theoretical model which analyses the different factors contributing to the creation of figurative words and expressions. Les mer

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This book investigates the origins of figurative language in literary discourse within a cognitive framework. It represents an interface between linguistics and literature and develops a 6-tier theoretical model which analyses the different factors contributing to the creation of figurative words and expressions.





By examining features ranging from language structure to figurative thought, cultural history, reference, narrative and the personal experience of authors, it develops a global overview of the processes involved. Due to its particularly innovative characteristics in literature, the theme of death is explored in relation to universal concepts such as love and time. These aspects are discussed in the light of well-known authors in comparative literature such as D.H. Lawrence, Simone De Beauvoir, Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges. The origins can involve complex conceptual mappings in figures of speech such as metaphor and symbolism. They are often at the roots of an author's personal desires or represent the search for answers to human existence.





This approach offers a wide variety of new ideas and research possibilities for postgraduate and research students in modern languages, linguistics and literature. It would also be of interest to academic researchers in these disciplines as well as the general public who would like to delve deeper into the relevant fields.

Detaljer

Forlag
Routledge
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
132
ISBN
9781032130354
Utgivelsesår
2021
Format
22 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Richard Trim is Professor Emeritus in linguistics at the University of Toulon, France. His interest in the study of figurative language covers a wide variety of fields including historical linguistics, contrastive linguistics and translation with the analysis of corpora in both political and literary discourse. He has published widely in these different areas in the form of journal articles, the editing of conference proceedings, book reviews and monographs.





 

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«

"Using evidence from internationally known and appreciated poets and writers, Richard Trim offers a novel and powerful account of how figurative language, especially metaphor, emerges in literary texts. The 6-step process he outlines is the most complete investigation to date of the issue of why and how authors use particular metaphors in their works".

Professor Zoltán Kövecses, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

»

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