Title

Do You See What I Mean? An Introduction to Conceptual Metaphors

Date

5-28-2015 11:43 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:58 AM

Location

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Thomas Rand

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Hargreaves

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Traditionally metaphor has been considered merely a figurative device, ornamental language used primarily in literature. In this understanding, metaphorical language contrasts with the literal, propositional statements which comprise most of our daily language. However, since the 1980’s, linguists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson have shown that metaphors are not merely literary devices but rather reveal the ways we conceptualize a wide range of experiences. Thus, far from being merely ornamental, metaphorical language is essential for making sense of the world. Metaphors structure the way we think about and experience the world. This presentation will introduce Lakoff and Johnson’s conceptual metaphor theory and provide a practical understanding of how we view the world through metaphor.

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May 28th, 11:43 AM May 28th, 11:58 AM

Do You See What I Mean? An Introduction to Conceptual Metaphors

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

Traditionally metaphor has been considered merely a figurative device, ornamental language used primarily in literature. In this understanding, metaphorical language contrasts with the literal, propositional statements which comprise most of our daily language. However, since the 1980’s, linguists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson have shown that metaphors are not merely literary devices but rather reveal the ways we conceptualize a wide range of experiences. Thus, far from being merely ornamental, metaphorical language is essential for making sense of the world. Metaphors structure the way we think about and experience the world. This presentation will introduce Lakoff and Johnson’s conceptual metaphor theory and provide a practical understanding of how we view the world through metaphor.