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Metaphor Networks

The Comparative Evolution of Figurative Language


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Synchronic Networking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Trim
      Pages 3-27
    3. Richard Trim
      Pages 28-48
    4. Richard Trim
      Pages 49-62
    5. Richard Trim
      Pages 63-79
  3. The Diachronic Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Richard Trim
      Pages 83-90
    3. Richard Trim
      Pages 91-108
    4. Richard Trim
      Pages 109-121
    5. Richard Trim
      Pages 122-140
    6. Richard Trim
      Pages 141-151
    7. Richard Trim
      Pages 152-166
  4. Historical Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Richard Trim
      Pages 211-221
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 222-231

About this book


Metaphor Networks focuses on the historical evolution of metaphor and proposes new theories on language change based on substantial empirical data. It explores how the metaphors of today are very often linked to images existing in the past and traces metaphor paths back to the Middle Ages and Antiquity. The findings reveal that regular patters of evolution emerge and the aims of the book are to find out what lies behind these patterns.


cognition diachronic English evolution language synchronic translation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Université de ProvenceFrance

About the 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.

Bibliographic information


'[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