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Title: Creativity and Convention
Subtitle: The pragmatics of everyday figurative speech
Written By: Rosa E. Vega Moreno
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 156

This book offers a pragmatic account of the interpretation of everyday
metaphorical and idiomatic expressions. Using the framework of Relevance
Theory, it reanalyses the results of recent experimental research on
figurative utterances and provides a novel account of the interplay of
creativity and convention in figurative interpretation, showing how
features 'emerge' during metaphor comprehension and how literal meaning
contributes to idiom comprehension. The central claim is that the mind is
rather selective when processing information, and that in the pragmatic
interpretation of both literal and figurative utterances, this selectivity
often results in the creation of new ('ad hoc') concepts or the
standardization of pragmatic routines. With this approach, the
comprehension of metaphors and idioms requires no special pragmatic
principles or procedures not required for the interpretation of ordinary
literal utterances, but follows from an automatic tendency towards
selective processing which is itself a by-product of Sperber and Wilson’s
Cognitive Principle of Relevance.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253994
ISBN-13: 9789027253996
Pages: 264
Prices: U.S. $ 142.00