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Metaphor and Iconicity

A Cognitive Approach to Analyzing Texts

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 3-21
    3. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 22-53
  3. Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 91-126
    3. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 127-169
  4. Further Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 194-218
    3. Masako K. Hiraga
      Pages 219-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 228-261

About this book


Metaphor and Iconicity attempts to clarify the interplay of metaphor and iconicity in the creation and interpretation of spoken and written texts from a cognitive perspective. There are various degrees in which metaphor and iconicity manifest themselves, ranging from sound symbolism and parallelism in poetic discourse to word order, inflectional forms, and other grammatical structures in ordinary discourse. The book makes unique contributions to the study of the relationship of form and meaning.


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About the authors

MASAKO HIRAGA is professor of English and Linguistics at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication Studies, Rikkyo University, Tokyo.

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