Metaphors We Live By

Metaphors We Live By

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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"-metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.

In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.

Book information

ISBN: 9780226468013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Imprint: The University of Chicago Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 401
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7853
Number of pages: xiii, 276
Weight: 372g
Height: 214mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 20mm