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

1 - Embodiment and Discourse: Dimensions and Dynamics of Contemporary Metaphor Theory

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Metaphor scholars used to debate over the “conceptual” or “linguistic” nature of metaphor. More recently, they have been considering whether metaphor is “embodied” or “discursive.” Despite the shift in focus implied by this terminological change, the divide between communication-oriented and cognition-oriented approaches to metaphor has not disappeared. This introductory chapter surveys how research from the social-sciences and the cognitive-sciences perspectives on metaphor has been brought together in this volume. It identifies obvious opportunities for real convergence and argues that metaphor theory cannot but profit from an approach that strives to account for findings yielded by multiple methodologies. By showing how contributors to this volume place special emphasis on the multimodal and interactive nature of communication, the chapter assesses the potential of contemporary metaphor research for a dynamic multidimensional socio-cognitive model of metaphor that goes beyond what either of the research traditions have separately achieved.

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