Metaphorical Style as Message

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 197)


Metaphor pervades natural language the way blood pervades the human body. A cut in almost any part of a living body reveals the blood flowing through it; analysis of almost any part of a body of natural language reveals metaphor vivifying it. In trying to understand the structure and function of blood we do not limit our scrutiny to just a droplet under a microscope; we try to understand the way blood courses through the body as a whole. Most analyses of metaphor are limited to microscopic examination of isolated metaphors; they do not offer a theoretical basis for studying the role of metaphor in a text as a whole.


Noun Phrase General Assumption Linguistic Community Phrase Structure Rule Lexical Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishCase Western Reserve UniversityUSA

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