This book attempts to clarify the interplay of metaphor and iconicity in the creation and interpretation of spoken and written discourse. The claim is that the interplay is particularly foregrounded in the case of poetic texts. By analysing a number of short Japanese and English poems, I will argue against the dominant view of language that sees the linguistic sign as primarily non-iconic or arbitrary. This chapter offers an overview of the issues to be discussed in this study.
KeywordsSource Domain Linguistic Sign Back Vowel Metaphorical Interpretation Grammatical Metaphor
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