Integrating constructional semantics and conceptual metaphor

Sullivan, Karen (2017) Integrating constructional semantics and conceptual metaphor. Constructions and Frames, 8 2: 141-165. doi:10.1075/cf.8.2.02sul

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Author Sullivan, Karen
Title Integrating constructional semantics and conceptual metaphor
Journal name Constructions and Frames   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1876-1933
1876-1941
Publication date 2017-03-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/cf.8.2.02sul
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 165
Total pages 25
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) aims to represent the conceptual structure of metaphors rather than the structure of metaphoric language. The theory does not explain which aspects of metaphoric language evoke which conceptual structures, for example. However, other theories within cognitive linguistics may be better suited to this task. These theories, once integrated, should make building a unified model of both the conceptual and linguistic aspects of metaphor possible. First, constructional approaches to syntax provide an explanation of how particular constructional slots are associated with different functions in evoking metaphor. Cognitive Grammar is especially effective in this regard. Second, Frame Semantics helps explain how the words or phrases that fill the relevant constructional slots evoke the source and target domains of metaphor. Though these theories do not yet integrate seamlessly, their combination already offers explanatory benefits, such as allowing generalizations across metaphoric and non-metaphoric language, and identifying the words that play a role in evoking metaphors, for example.
Keyword Construction grammar
Conceptual Metaphor Theory
Invariance principle
Frame semantics
Cognitive grammar
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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