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Context and Connection in Metaphor


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 1-13
  3. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 31-57
  4. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 58-76
  5. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 77-95
  6. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 96-124
  7. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 125-173
  8. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 174-202
  9. L. David Ritchie
    Pages 203-217
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 218-248

About this book


How do people understand metaphorical language? Can a commonplace metaphor affect the way people think even if they don't interpret it? Why does it matter how people interpret metaphors? The author proposes an original communication-based theory of metaphor that answers these and other questions about metaphors and metaphorical language.


communication concept integration interpret language metaphor model structure

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Portland State UniversityUSA

About the authors

L. DAVID RITCHIE is Professor of Communication at Portland State University, USA.

Bibliographic information


'[This] book, which includes several modified journals articles in the beginning chapters, flows well and benefits from a detailed list of metaphors in the appendix. Its value lies in the explicit and detailed overview and criticisms of various prominent metaphor theories and in its proposal for a new theory of metaphor comprehension.' -Metaphor and Symbol