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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

6 - ‘Those Cookies Tasted of Regret and Rotting Flesh.’


Chapter 6 focuses on people’s experiences of sensory metaphor, which is a particularly strong form of embodied metaphor. It looks at how sensory impairments affect the ways in which people employ the senses in metaphorical ways, and considers, for example, how blind people make use of understanding in seeing metaphors and how deaf people make use of heeding in hearing metaphors. It also looks at the cross-sensory metaphorical affordances that are offered by sign languages. It then discusses the condition of synaesthesia, which involves the generation of novel cross-sensory associations, and presents work showing how synaesthetes experience cross-sensory metaphor.