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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: July 2017

17 - The Embodied and Discourse Views of Metaphor: Why These Are Not So Different and How They Can Be Brought Closer Together

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Metaphor scholars have long debated whether the possibility that metaphor is “conceptual” or possibly “embodied” ignores crucial social and linguistic facts about metaphor in discourse. Scholars adopting either of the “embodied” and “discourse” views of metaphor typically advance different theories on the origins, motivations, functions, and uses of metaphors in language and thought. These different theoretical perspectives are also generally studied by scholars from different academic disciplines that employ very different empirical methods (e.g. discourse analyses vs. experimental techniques). My aim in this chapter is to show how these different perspectives are closely related given (a) the embodied nature of metaphoric discourse and (b) the social context for all embodied action. Rather than arguing for the superiority of one approach over the other, my plea is for a better integration of these views to capture the complex realities of metaphoric experience.