The Poetics of Mind
Figurative Thought, Language, and Understanding
By (author) Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
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Poetics of Mind by Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Book DescriptionIn this bold new work, Ray Gibbs demonstrates that human cognition is deeply poetic and that figurative imagination constitutes the way we understand ourselves and the world in which we live. The traditional view of the mind holds that thought and language are inherently literal and that poetic language is a special human ability requiring different cognitive and linguistic skills than employed in ordinary language. This view has imposed serious limitations on the scholarly study of mental life and on everyday folk conceptions of human experience. Poetics of Mind overturns the traditional perspective by showing how figurative aspects of language reveal the poetic structure of mind. Ideas and research from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and literary theory are used to establish important links between the poetic structure of thought and everyday use of language. Particular use is made of the extensive research that has accumulated in experimental psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics over the past 15 years. Poetics of Mind evaluates current philosophical, linguistic, and literary theories of figurative language, using tools provided by psycholinguistic and cognitive psychology research. It relates the empirical work on figurative language understanding to broader issues concerning the nature of everyday thought and reasoning. As such, it will be of crucial interest to students and researchers in psychology, cognitive science, and linguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521429924
(228mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Interpreting Figurative Meaning, Paperback (April 2012)
Interpreting Figurative Meaning explores interdisciplinary debates on the ways in which humans comprehend figurative language in everyday life.
Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought, Hardback (September 2008)
In this book, a distinguished cast of authors explore the significance of metaphor in language, thought, culture, and artistic expression.
Irony in Language and Thought, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Assembles an interdisciplinary collection of seminal empirical and theoretical papers on irony in language and thought.
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