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Objects of Metaphor puts forward a philosophical account of metaphor radically different from those currently on offer. Powerful and flexible enough to cope with the syntactic complexity typical of genuine metaphor, it offers novel conceptions of the relationship between simile and metaphor, the notion of dead metaphor, and the idea of metaphor as a robust theoretic kind. Without denying that metaphor can sometimes be merely ornamental, Guttenplan justifies the view of metaphor as fundamental to language and the study of language. His book will be of great interest not only to philosophers in this field, but also to those working across psychology and linguistics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199280889
ISBN-10: 0199280886
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 22mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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