Metaphor and Meaning

  • Ranjan K. Ghosh
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The chapter deals with the nature and meaning of metaphor. Often a metaphor in language is “created” by breaking the rules of grammar and syntax. Thus the metaphorical meaning would be very different from the sentence meaning. It is interesting to note how metaphors are created in language and how through their overuse they become “dead metaphors”. Further, the view is analysed that there is no “metaphorical meaning” but only “metaphorical use”. There is also for consideration the view that metaphorical meaning is always “speaker’s utterance meaning”. We have argued against the position that in the case of creative metaphors, there is no literal meaning left at all, but there is left only its “metaphorical meaning”. The import of it can only be experienced.


Metaphorical meaning Metaphorical use Speaker’s intention Non-trivial metaphor Dead metaphor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan K. Ghosh
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  1. 1.Indian Council of Philosophical ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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