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ISBN: 0226468011 / ISBN-13: 9780226468013

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 ... Show synopsis

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  • Metaphors We Live by (University of Chicago Press) – Trade paperback (2003)
    by George Lakoff, Mark Johnson

    Metaphors We Live by

    Trade paperback, University of Chicago Press
    2003
    English
    Revised ed.
    256 pages

    ISBN: 0226468011
    ISBN-13: 9780226468013

    People use metaphors every time they speak. Some of those metaphors are literary - devices for making thoughts more vivid or entertaining. But most are much more basic than that - they're "metaphors we live by", metaphors we use without even realizing we're using them. In this book, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson suggest that these basic metaphors not only affect the way we communicate ideas, but actually structure our perceptions and understandings from the beginning. Bringing together the perspectives of linguistics and ... Show more

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Reviews of Metaphors We Live by

Overall customer rating: 4.000
W  T

An exploration of the use of metaphor

by W T on Nov 14, 2013

Much detail illustrating how metaphores pervade the way we speak. Cliches of course but it is difficult to avoid metaphor even in mathematics. Intriguing idea but a bit heavy going.

cbarry

Not what it was advertised to be

by cbarry on Aug 14, 2008

I've had this book on my reading list for years, and when I finally got it was so disappointed. It is overly theoretical, not applicable to every day language and practice, too far removed from our experience to prove valuable. I do group facilitation, teach team building, train technical/digital equipment and other forms of corporate communications. I love those who are talented enough to use metaphor in the vernacular to draw diverse groups of people toward a new way of conceptualizing a topic. I expected this book to reveal some uses and examples and insights into metaphor - it was too hard to relate to and i gave up after hours of trying. Sorry to say. It could be a fascinating subject - in fact, it is. Only not written about here it in the best light/insight. I opened the cover thinking I'd found a gem - I tried to get into it only to realize no amount rubbing compound could make it shine. Chris

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LordoftheChesterfield
by LordoftheChesterfield on Aug 9, 2007

Aristotle identified metaphor as the most crucial figure in the arsenal of the poet. Lakoff and Johnson argue that this can be taken even further: metaphor might be the most crucial figure for all of human understanding! This classic book on linguistics is very accessible, and will immediately find its way into your everyday thinking.

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