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Title: Metaphoric discourse in the age of cognitive linguistics, with special reference to Tunisian Arabic
Author: Zouhair Maalej
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Institution: University of Manouba
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science
Abstract: This paper is grounded in mainstream cognitive linguistics as developed by Lakoff & Johnson (1980), and its aim is to propose a view of metaphor as fundamental to thought. It seeks to investigate the conceptual metaphors that structure our life in Tunisian Arabic (TA). After Lakoff & Johnson (1980), three major conceptual metaphors are isolated, namely, structural, orientational, and ontological metaphors, and the importance of metaphoric discourse in learning and teaching is pointed out. The paper is divided into four major sections. The first one is devoted to reviewing cognitive linguistics by contrasting it to Chomsky's well-known formal linguistics. The second section explains what a cognitive view of metaphor has to offer. The third section is the practical part of this talk, where the theory proposed is illustrated through examples from TA, with systematic back-translations and cross-references to English. In the concluding section, the applicability of the cognitive theory of metaphor to learning and teaching is emphasised.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of Literary Semantics, 28: 3, 189-206
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