The Interplay of Metaphor and Iconicity in Grammar and Discourse

  • Masako K. Hiraga


The preceding chapters (Chapters 1–5) deal with the interplay of metaphor and iconicity in the foregrounded case of poetic texts. By focusing on a number of short Japanese and English poems, these chapters were devoted to the demonstration of metaphor-icon links and their complexity, both at the visual and the auditory levels, in their two basic manifestations: iconic moments residing in metaphor; and metaphor giving iconic interpretation to form. Throughout the analyses it has been argued that the relationship between form and meaning in poetic texts is primarily motivated rather than arbitrary.


Word Order Temporal Distance Head Noun Linguistic Form Diagrammatic Mapping 
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