The Language of Metaphors


In this ambitious and wide-ranging textbook Andrew Goatly explores the language of metaphor. Combining insights from relevance theory and functional linguistics, he provides a powerful model for understanding how metaphors work in real communicative situations, how we use them to communicate meaning as well as how we process them. This book:* examines the distinction between literal and metaphorical language* surveys the means by which metaphors are realised in texts* locates the interpretation of metaphor in its social context* contains tasks and suggestions for further work.Enlivened by the variety and humour of its real examples, taken from a wide variety of genres; conversation, popular science, advertising, news reports, novels and poetry, this book will provide students of language, psychology and literature with an invaluable guide to understanding precisely how metaphors function.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1997