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Metaphor Networks
The Comparative Evolution of Figurative Language
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
19 Sep 2007
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Where do our metaphors come from? Why do we say 'he has a new flame'? Why does the colour green signify immaturity in English but strength in French? Why can we say 'dry humour' today but not 'dry' (thin) arms as in the Middle Ages? Metaphor Networks attempts to answer such questions by exploring the evolution of figurative language. Richard Trim investigates how metaphors are created today by being linked to similar concepts and how they are associated to images in the past. The findings of this study reveal that certain regular patterns emerge. With the aid of substantial evidence from former and present-day European languages, the author proposes a number of theories on metaphor evolution and thereby offers a considerable contribution to historical linguistics.


Description

Where do our metaphors come from? Why do we say 'he has a new flame'? Why does the colour green signify immaturity in English but strength in French? Why can we say 'dry humour' today but not 'dry' (thin) arms as in the Middle Ages? Metaphor Networks attempts to answer such questions by exploring the evolution of figurative language. Richard Trim investigates how metaphors are created today by being linked to similar concepts and how they are associated to images in the past. The findings of this study reveal that certain regular patterns emerge. With the aid of substantial evidence from former and present-day European languages, the author proposes a number of theories on metaphor evolution and thereby offers a considerable contribution to historical linguistics.


Reviews

'[This book] may be recommended as a course book on semantics and metaphors. It reads fluently and contains many ideas suitable for discussion in a classroom, as well as providing an excellent source book for further research by students as well as experts.' - Heli Tissaria, Metaphor and Symbol


Contents

Preface
PART 1: SYNCHRONIC NETWORKING
The Role of Cognition
Universal Trends
Culture-Specific Conceptualisation
Conceptual Equivalence and Translation
PART 2: THE DIACHRONIC DIMENSION
Cultural Patterns of the Past
Metaphor and Semantic Networks
Metaphor Paths in Base Concepts
Germanic Influences in Old English
Metaphor Death
Historical Mindsets
PART 3: HISTORICAL NETWORKS
The Evolution of Love Metaphors: A Case Study
Latinate-Based Origins in English Medieval Metaphor
Historical Models of Love Metaphors
References
Index


Authors

RICHARD TRIM is Senior Lecturer in English Historical Linguistics and Translation Studies at the University of Provence, France. He has published widely in these fields and has held lecturing posts in several European countries including Britain, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.